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EU Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza Conflict

The European Union, with the exception of Hungary, has collectively called for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict, which escalated following Hamas's attack on October 7.
Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, announced that 26 member states seek an "immediate humanitarian pause" aiming for a lasting truce.

While the EU has found it difficult to present a unified stance on Israel's military actions, the majority has now urged for a halt to the violence. They have explicitly advised against an attack on Rafah, a key refuge in Gaza.

Hungary stands out as a firm ally of Israel, often dissenting from critical EU positions on the state. Others, like Germany, have hesitated to demand an immediate stop to Israeli operations, wary of undermining Israel's self-defense rights.

The recent hostilities have had devastating consequences. An October 7 strike from Hamas resulted in approximately 1,160 Israeli civilian deaths, and according to Gaza's health ministry, over 29,000 Palestinians have been killed.

Hamas, deemed a terrorist organization by multiple nations, has also captured around 250 individuals, with Israel reporting 130 still held in Gaza, including an estimated 30 fatalities.

Israel maintains its resolve to continue the military offensive, including in Rafah, during Ramadan if its hostages are not released by Hamas.
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