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Morrocans demand end to Gaza killings as Pope Francis appeals for humanitarian corridor

A demonstration was held on Sunday at the Muhammad V Square at the Moroccan capital of Rabat to protest the killing of Palestinians in Gaza…

A demonstration was held on Sunday at the Muhammad V Square at the Moroccan capital of Rabat to protest the killing of Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli forces.

The National Action Group for Palestine organized a rally where speakers stressed support for the Palestinian people.

Recall that on October 9, Israel imposed a “total blockade” of the Gaza Strip, blocking the entry of food, water, medicine, fuel and electricity. The blockade came in response to the beginning of the 2023 Israel-Hamas war and attacks in Israel by Hamas militants.

Israel launched the retaliatory offensive after Hamas’ October 7 terror attacks that killed 1,300 people.

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Fears for civilians are growing as Israel says it is gearing up for the next stages of its war with Hamas, including widespread strikes and “significant ground operations.”

One of the Protesters, who spoke with Daily Trust said, “The protest is in solidarity with the Palestinian people. They have the right to live peacefully and the world will not watch in silence over the suffering they are enduring.”

Conditions in Gaza have deteriorated into a “complete catastrophe,” aid workers say, as tens of thousands of Palestinians attempt to flee.

News agencies report that the Pentagon (United States) has ordered a second carrier strike group to the eastern Mediterranean and is sending Air Force fighter jets to the region.

The warships are not intended to take part in Israel’s operations, but to deter others from entering the conflict, such as Iran and Hezbollah.

However, Pope Francis has appealed for a humanitarian corridor

The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has called for the establishment of humanitarian corridors in Gaza and for the release of hostages taken by Hamas during an address at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday.

He said: “I’m thinking of the many people who are suffering, the young people and the elderly and I renew my appeal for the release of the prisoners.

“And please respect the humanitarian situation in Gaza to guarantee humanitarian corridors to help and assist the entire population.”

Pope Francis said he was following “with great sorrow the situation in Israel and Palestine.”

“Please may there be no more blood spilled — here or in any other place,” he said. “Wars are always a defeat.”

 

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