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Time to end Israeli Attacks on Gaza – Sinn Féin leadership

3 March, 2008

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA has been joined by the Party's Ministers in the North and the Party Group leader in Leinster House in calling for an end to the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Gerry Adams MP MLA; Martin McGuinness MP MLA deputy First Minister; Gerry Kelly, Junior Minister; Caitríona Ruane, Minister of Education; Michelle Gildernew, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development; Conor Murphy, Minister for Regional Development, and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Party Leader in Leinster House, have called on the Israeli government to "immediately end its indiscriminate and widespread attacks on Gaza which have killed scores in recent days".

And Sinn Fein has urged an end to all military actions by all armed groups.

The Sinn Fein leadership has also called on the international community to "exert the maximum pressure on the Israeli government to stop the slaughter of Palestinian men, women and children".

Mr. Adams and his colleagues said:

"Like many others we have been shocked and appalled at the scale of the Israeli attack on Gaza and its impact on that community. The people of Gaza have suffered enormously as a result of Israeli actions and embargoes. Neither these, nor this recent assault on Gaza which has left at least 112 people dead since last Wednesday, will contribute in any way to finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict in that region, resulting in a viable Palestinian state.

"We would urge the Israeli government to immediately end its indiscriminate and widespread attacks on Gaza and to accept that progress toward a peaceful agreement will only be made in the context of a willingness to speak to all of the combatant groups." ENDS

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