13 Feb 2024

Government says Israel air strikes on Rafah should stop

From Morning Report, 7:49 am on 13 February 2024

The Government says air strikes on the southern city of Rafah should stop.

At a post cabinet press conference on Monday, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said he was extremely concerned about the 1.5 million Palestinians sheltering in Rafah right now and that his preference was for a complete pause in hostilities.

He said Foreign Minister Winston Peters was talking to the Israeli Government to convey New Zealand's position that operations in Rafah should not continue without ensuring the safety of civilians there.

Peters met with Israeli ambassador Ran Yaakoby at the beehive on Monday.

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon spoke to Corin Dann.