Foreign ministers under the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrial democracies, on Wednesday said that they support withdrawal of humanitarian supports in Gaza and corridors.
The G-7 diplomats who refrained from calling for a ceasefire on the ongoing Israeli-Hamas war made their stand and support for Israel on Wednesday after intensive meetings in Tokyo, Japan, where they condemned Hamas and supported Israel’s right to self-defence.
AP reports that the ministers in a joint statement after the meeting said, "We stress the need for urgent action to address the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza... we support humanitarian pauses and corridors to facilitate urgently needed assistance, civilian movement, and the release of hostages."
The statement jointly issued by the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and foreign ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy further stated that “All parties must allow unimpeded humanitarian support for civilians, including food, water, medical care, fuel and shelter, and access for humanitarian workers.”
The ministers further stated that the G7 is “working intensively to prevent the conflict from escalating further and spreading more widely,” and also using sanctions and other measures “to deny Hamas the ability to raise and use funds to carry out atrocities.”
They also condemned “the rise in extremist settler violence committed against Palestinians,” which according to them, is “unacceptable, undermines security in the West Bank, and threatens prospects for a lasting peace.”