Gaza ceasefire welcomed - Sheehan
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on the Middle East, Pat Sheehan, has welcomed the news that Hamas and Israel have agreed a ceasefire in the current conflict.
Speaking following the ceasefire Pat Sheehan said:
“The ceasefire in Gaza that has been brokered is to be welcomed.
“For eight days now the Israeli assault on Gaza has seen over 140 Palestinians and 5 Israelis killed.
"I hope that the terms of the ceasefire will be respected and we all should commend the Egyptian Government on playing a substantial role in brokering the deal.
“All efforts must now go into ensuring the continuation of the ceasefire and on lifting Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza strip.
“Given the destruction in Gaza from the ongoing blockade and the assault four year ago alongside the most recent heavy ans sustained bombardment the infrastructure within Gaza needs immediate attention and the international community must do all in its power to rebuild the area in the interests of the 1.65m Palestinians who live there.
“I hope talks will start immediately on lifting this illegal blockade, which has lasted for over six years now and which is causing massive suffering for the people of Gaza.
"I intend to visit Gaza next week along with my colleague Caitriona Ruane as part of a European delegation of parliamentarians to see first hand the situation in the area. We will be meeting with NGO’s, political parties and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.”