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'Enough is enough': Church leaders unite in call to UK Prime Minister to help stop fighting in Gaza

by Marcus Jones

Sixty-nine church leaders and aid agencies have come together to call on Rishi Sunak to do what he can to bring an end to fighting between Israel and Gaza.

A terror attack by Hamas on October 7th where several Israelis were killed and over a hundred taken hostage led to an onslaught by the Israel Defence Force.

Some 15,000 people have been killed in Gaza while a further 1,300 have died in Israel.

While a truce saw a pause in fighting last month, the conflict has intensified in recent days.

Quoting Lamentations from the Bible, the church leaders have now written to the UK Prime Minister to say "enough is enough" and called on world leaders to take action to prevent more deaths.

“We write as religious leaders to say enough is enough," they write. "We cannot remain silent as generations of families in Gaza are wiped out in an instant.

“World leaders cannot sit by while Palestinian civilians in Gaza experience such catastrophic destruction and trauma.

“The relentless and unrestrained bombing campaign with horrific indiscriminate effects and the ground invasion by Israel must end.

“We weep with broken hearts as we hear of hospitals, mosques, churches, and schools damaged and destroyed by this war. In Gaza, there is no safe place. There is no refuge. There is no escape.”

The letter has been signed by representatives from the Anglican Church, Catholic Church and Methodist Church among others.

Among their requests is a push toward a permanent ceasefire.

"We are deeply grieved by the complicity of the United States and several other Western countries in the continued violence through efforts to actively oppose a ceasefire, including by vetoing multiple United Nations Resolutions.

"Instead, we call on governments worldwide to do everything possible to secure a bilateral ceasefire, one that will stop all violence from Hamas and Israel, allow for the safe release of civilian hostages held in Gaza, and give immediate and adequate access to desperately needed humanitarian aid to be delivered, including through crossings to Israel.

"Without an agreed upon end to violence from all parties – there is no path forward."

On Monday Israel renewed its call for people in southern Gaza to evacuate as it steps up efforts to eliminate Hamas.

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