Pope Francis Decries 'Spiral of Violence' in Middle East
Pope Francis Decries 'Spiral of Violence' in Middle East
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16 May, 2018, 23:40
On Monday, almost 60 Palestinians were killed at the border between Gaza and Israel in the bloodiest day of conflict in years, just as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.
Speaking at the end of the audience, the Holy Father said: "I am very concerned at the escalation of tension in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and the spiral of violence that is moving away further from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiation".
Francis' appeal came after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests at the Gaza border, part of a weeks-long campaign to break a border blockade that Israel and Egypt imposed after Hamas took over Gaza by force in 2007.
Eight children under the age of 16, including an 8-month-old baby, were among Monday's dead.
The Holy Father called on all parties concerned and the global community to renew their commitment to ensure that dialogue, justice and peace prevail.
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