The European Union's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, has extended an invitation to the Israeli and Palestinian foreign ministers to attend an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers scheduled for Tuesday.
This meeting, which will be conducted both in-person and via video, was prompted by the recent unexpected assault by Hamas. Israel's Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, and his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad al-Maliki, have been asked to participate.
The EU has strongly condemned the Hamas attack on Israel but is deliberating its stance on development aid to the Palestinians. While there was initial confusion regarding the suspension of payments, the EU clarified that it is reviewing its development aid to ensure it doesn't indirectly support terrorist organizations.
Emergency humanitarian aid to the Palestinians continues. EU member states are divided on the issue, with Germany temporarily suspending its development aid while France opposes halting EU funds. Borrell and several foreign ministers are currently in Muscat, Oman, for a previously planned meeting with Gulf counterparts.
There is growing concern about a potential Israeli ground incursion into Gaza, where the death toll in Israel and Gaza has risen significantly due to recent hostilities. Israel has reported the recovery of bodies of Hamas militants in nearby towns.