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A welcome and urgent call for peace

6 August 2014 

Christian Aid Scotland welcomes the Church of Scotland's call for peace in Gaza.

A little boy from Gaza with a large bandage on his head

In his recent statement, the Rt Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, called for sustained peace negotiations that include all local parties. He also called for people to support Christian Aid's Gaza Crisis Appeal.

He said: 'In the face of the particular tragedy of Gaza, and the disturbing loss of so many civilian lives, the Church of Scotland actively engages with its local contacts in the region and seeks to support and amplify their efforts in seeking a just and lasting peace for all the people.'

The statement continues: 'The scandal of suffering in Gaza will only be alleviated through the full, committed and fair-minded engagement of the international community, especially the United States of America, along with the other members of the Middle East Quartet working with all the local and regional parties to start peace-building measures.

'We look to our own UK Government to play a full and committed part in this.'

Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, said: 'We share the Church of Scotland's deep concern about the situation in Gaza and are grateful for its partnership in our Gaza appeal.

'Our partners in Gaza are currently using the 72-hour ceasefire to reach some of the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the conflict with life-saving medicine, food and clean water.'

The UN has reported that at least 1,312 Palestinian civilians, including 403 children, have been killed in Gaza. Three civilians have also been killed in Israel as a result of indiscriminate rocket fire from the Strip.

We are deeply concerned for the security of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians and condemn all violence against civilians without exception.

 

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