INTERNATIONAL development charity Christian Aid is urging the UK Government to commit to protecting aid to the Palestinian people and has called for the rapid establishment of safe humanitarian corridors. 

Christian Aid’s Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns, Osai Ojigho, said: “We are gravely concerned by the mounting death toll across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and unequivocally condemn the violence. All parties must abide by international humanitarian law and unconditionally agree to protect civilians and key services, starting with establishing safe humanitarian corridors as requested by the UN.

“With the people of Gaza already on their knees, the UK Government must not cut aid to the Palestinian people. We need that commitment today. As we pray for an end to the conflict, international leaders must also act and help secure a lasting peace that achieves justice and dignity for all.”

William Bell, Christian Aid’s Head of Middle East Policy & Advocacy, added: “Our civil society partners in Gaza have told us that hospitals are overwhelmed by casualties and shops are running out of goods such as bread and baby milk. They stand ready to respond with medical relief and community-led initiatives such as food, shelter, sanitation and protection.”

* Source: Christian Aid