Varadkar says around 40 Irish citizens remain in Gaza – can’t confirm if they’re in immediate danger – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Varadkar says around 40 Irish citizens remain in Gaza – can’t confirm if they’re in immediate danger




Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that there are around 40 Irish citizens in Gaza who are either UN aid workers or dual citizens. The Irish and French governments have discussed cooperation on evacuating citizens from Gaza as it faces the threat of a ground invasion by Israeli forces. During a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Varadkar said that both governments agreed on the need to avoid an escalation in the region which was of particular concern to Ireland as it has troops in both Lebanon and Syria.

Varadkar also said that arrangements are being made to evacuate Irish citizens from Gaza if they want to leave. He added that both governments agreed on the need for a humanitarian corridor into Gaza and that while Israel had a right to defend itself and go after terrorists, it must act within international humanitarian law.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said that it is in “constant contact with a small number of citizens in Gaza and with all relevant authorities in respect of their cases”. The situation is described as “complex and extremely fluid”, reports RTE.

The Tánaiste Micheál Martin has called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict. He also highlighted Ireland’s concerns about getting humanitarian aid into Gaza, which is facing shortages of food, fuel, heat, and water. Martin criticised some Sinn Féin TDs who he accused of implying that Hamas’ attack was an act of self-defence.

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