Amid escalating tensions in Gaza, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement expressing deep concern over reports of an Israeli military operation in Rafah.
The statement highlights the deteriorating humanitarian situation on the ground, emphasizing the alarming rise in civilian casualties, particularly among vulnerable groups such as children, women, and the elderly.
The ministry underscores the urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis and create a safe environment for humanitarian assistance activities to effectively operate.
“As the humanitarian situation on the ground deteriorates and the number of civilian casualties, including a large number of children, women, and elderly people, continues to rise, it is crucial to improve the humanitarian situation as soon as possible and to secure an environment in which humanitarian assistance activities can be carried out to achieve this,” the statement said.
Concerns mount as the conflict continues to escalate, exacerbating the suffering of civilians and hindering efforts to provide essential aid and support to those in need.
Japan urges all parties involved to prioritize the protection of civilians and to refrain from actions that could further escalate the violence and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis.
The statement emphasizes the importance of swift measures to improve the situation on the ground and facilitate access for humanitarian organizations to deliver vital assistance to affected communities.