German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday there was an "urgent need" to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Scholz "underscored the urgent need to improve the humanitarian situation for residents in the Gaza Strip," his office said in a statement after a call between the two leaders.
"Humanitarian ceasefires could contribute to a significant improvement in care for the population," the statement said.
Scholz, who was one of the first western leaer to visit Israel after the October 7 attacks, assured Netanyahu of "Germany's complete solidarity with the people of Israel" and assured his country's "unfailing support".
The comments came after Scholz met in Berlin on Friday with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has slammed Israel's assault on Gaza as a violation of human rights and called Israel a "terror state".
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attends a press conference with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday. REUTERS