Qatar recently played host to the president of the Red Cross, who met with Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, to discuss humanitarian issues related to the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza. The visit was part of a wider effort by the Red Cross to hold direct talks with all parties involved in the conflict and improve compliance with international humanitarian law.
As part of this effort, the Red Cross is seeking permission to visit hostages being held in Gaza to ensure their welfare and provide necessary medical care. The ongoing conflict has led to significant loss of life and hostage-taking in the Gaza Strip, leading to retaliatory attacks from Israel.
The Red Cross is actively working to address the humanitarian impact of this conflict and ensure the safety and well-being of those affected. As Qatar continues to broker a deal for the release of Israeli hostages in Gaza, there is hope that this visit will pave the way for further progress towards resolving this longstanding conflict.
Overall, it’s clear that international organizations such as the Red Cross are playing an important role in addressing this complex issue. By bringing together representatives from all sides and working towards improved compliance with international law, they are helping to ensure that everyone affected by this conflict has access to basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and medical care.