“Israeli Military Action in Khan Younis: EU Sounds Alarm on Impending Humanitarian Crisis”

Human Rights, World News


The European Union, represented by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, expresses deep concern over Israeli military orders to evacuate civilians from the Khan Younis area in Gaza. This directive impacts nearly 250,000 people and threatens the patients of the European Hospital, one of the few operational medical facilities in southern Gaza.

Forced relocations, including those from the European Hospital, have led to overcrowding and severe shortages in already overwhelmed hospitals. The EU emphasizes that these evacuations, if not carried out in accordance with International Humanitarian Law, may amount to forcible transfers. The Union stresses Israel’s responsibility to ensure the safety of displaced persons and facilitate their return once hostilities cease.

The EU has activated all its crisis response and humanitarian resources to provide vital aid to Gaza, including medical supplies and increased funding for humanitarian partners. The Union urgently calls for a ceasefire to permit a surge of humanitarian assistance and the release of all hostages. The EU also supports the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and the orders of the International Court of Justice.