Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, MP MLA has condemned the Israeli ground offensive into Gaza
Sinn Féin Press Statement Saturday January 3rd 2009:
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, MP MLA has condemned the Israeli ground offensive into Gaza and called on the International community to focus diplomatic efforts on persuading Israel to cease hostilities in Gaza.
Mr Adams said;
"The Israeli ground offensive in Gaza, while widely anticipated will be greeted with horror around the world. The latest development marks a further escalation of the onslaught endured by the people of Gaza for the past week.
The United Nations has advised that there is a growing shortage of basic foodstuffs and fresh water because of damage to the infrastructure in Gaza. This is nothing short of a humanitarian crisis.
More than 400 people have already been killed while hospitals are struggling to cope with the more than 2,000 injured.
The combined efforts of the international community, including that of the Irish Government and the EU, must now be bent towards resolving the situation in Gaza. All diplomatic efforts must be focused on persuading the Israeli Government to cease its operations in Gaza and end hostilities.
Once again I would urge all parties and groups in the region to accept inclusive dialogue and political negotiation as the way forward and for all acts of military aggression to end immediately. " ENDS