The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday called for an immediate ceasefire by all parties in the occupied Gaza Strip, along with the release of hostages and compliance with the international humanitarian law amid an escalating Israel-Hamas conflict.
Vietnam strongly condemns violent attacks against civilians, humanitarian workers, journalists, and critical infrastructure facilities, the ministry’s spokesperson Pham Thu Hang told a press briefing in Hanoi on Thursday in response to reporters’ inquiry about Vietnam’s reaction to the ongoing military confrontation.
Hang cited a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly at an emergency special session on October 27, saying that Vietnam appeals for an immediate ceasefire, compliance with international and humanitarian law, protection of civilians and critical infrastructure facilities, the establishment of a humanitarian corridor, and the release of hostages.
Hang affirmed that Vietnam hails and supports the efforts of the international community to call on all parties to exercise restraint and dialogue, settle disputes by peaceful solutions based on international law and UN resolutions so as to achieve a fair, appropriate, and long-term solution to the Middle East peace process.
As for citizen protection, 13 Vietnamese citizens have returned home safely from Israel, she said.
Vietnam's representative agencies in Israel have adopted on-site measures to protect citizens, keep in touch with the Vietnamese citizens in Israel as well as assist them in leaving Israel for safer destinations.
The ministry advises the remaining Vietnamese citizens in Israel to soon fly home or leave for a third country, Hang said.
The Israel-Hamas conflict broke out on October 7 this year and continued to escalate, before coming to bloodshed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Wednesday that there would be no ceasefire if Hamas did not release the Israeli hostages.
Around 1,400 people in Israel have been killed since the start of the conflict, according to Tel Aviv.
The health authority of Hamas said that the military confrontation claimed the lives of nearly 10,600 Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip, with most of them women and children.