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Belfast Mayor urges ceasefire as more Palestinian children killed

7 January, 2009

Sinn Féin Belfast City Mayor Tom Hartley joined the torchlight procession organised by Tuesday's Child from Clonard Monastery in West Belfast to the Belfast City Hall tonight, Tuesday 6th January.

Speaking afterwards the Belfast City Mayor said:

"The human suffering in Gaza must come to an end. The international community can not allow this carnage to continue. Today yet more Palestinian children were killed by Israeli bombs when they sought refuge in a UN School.

"The United Nations has highlighted the growing shortage of basic foodstuffs and fresh water. The blockade of Gaza has been ongoing since June of 2007. This is a humanitarian crisis. The world can not stand idle and let this crisis continue. We need to see an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of Israeli troops and the free movement of humanitarian aid.

"I would urge all parties and groups in the region to accept inclusive dialogue and political negotiation as the most effective pathway to peace and for all acts of military aggression to end."

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