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Hungary's foreign minister Péter Szijjártó, whose spokesman tweeted about Russia instead (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

Hungary blocks EU appeal for Israel not to strike Rafah

Hungary has stopped fellow EU foreign ministers from formally asking Israel not to attack Rafah, even as Czech backing for Israel melts away.

The "Foreign Ministers of 26 Member-States of the European Union" published an informal joint declaration anyway after a meeting in Brussels on Monday (19 February).

This urged Israel to spare Rafah, in southern Gaza, from a ground incursion and to "pause" firing in general so that aid could get in, but it didn't constitute a politically b...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Hungary's foreign minister Péter Szijjártó, whose spokesman tweeted about Russia instead (Photo: consilium.europa.eu)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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