Macron arrives in Tel Aviv to express France’s “full solidarity” with Israel

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to show France’s solidarity with Israel and push for the release of hostages held in Gaza since the October 7 Hamas attack. The French president is also expected to call for the resumption of a “genuine peace process,” according to his office. Follow our live blog for the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

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The most important developments for Monday, October 23:

The Hamas movement released two female prisoners for humanitarian reasons, and in response to Qatari-Egyptian mediation, according to a statement by Abu Ubaida, spokesman for the movement’s military wing, on its channel on the Telegram application.

Israel escalated its attacks on the Gaza Strip while also striking targets in the occupied West Bank, Syria and Lebanon, and exchanging fire with the Lebanese Hezbollah group.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health says the death toll in Gaza exceeded 5,000 during two weeks of Israeli air strikes.

Read our blog to see how the day’s events unfolded.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Associated Press and Reuters)

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