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Pope Francis appeals for “urgent” help to residents of the Gaza Strip

Pope Francis appealed this Sunday (9) to the international community to urgently help the Palestinians in Gaza and to allow humanitarian aid to enter the enclave before the next international humanitarian conference in Jordan.

The 87-year-old pontiff spoke during his weekly Angelus address on the balcony of the apostolic palace, two days before the start of the conference for the people of the Gaza Strip on June 11, in cooperation with the United Nations and Egypt.

Jordan’s royal palace stated on X that the objective of the emergency meeting is to work on a humanitarian response to the conflict that broke out on October 7 between Palestinian Hamas and Israel.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to the Middle East next week, the US State Department said on Friday, as Washington tries to pressure Israel and Hamas to accept a proposed ceasefire. publicly by President Joe Biden last week.

After meetings with Biden this weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron said the two countries will work harder to avoid a regional escalation of Israel’s war with Hamas and will focus on calming tensions between Israel and Hezbollah.

The Israel-Hamas war began when Palestinian fighters led by Hamas attacked southern Israel from Gaza, killing more than 1,200 people and capturing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli records.

Israel’s ground and air campaign in Gaza has left the territory in ruins, led to widespread famine and killed more than 36,000 people, Palestinian health officials say.

Source: CNN Brasil

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