UK: Ceasefire vote in Commons is 'vital moment' to protect civilians in Gaza and Israel
In response to an expected vote in the House of Commons this week on an SNP motion calling for an immediate ceasefire by all parties to the conflict in Israel and Gaza, Sacha Deshmukh, Amnesty International UK’s Chief Executive, said:
“This vote is a vital moment for all MPs to show they truly support the protection of civilians in Gaza and Israel.
“A negotiated and comprehensive ceasefire would put a stop to unlawful attacks by all parties, halt the rapidly-rising civilian death toll in Gaza and enable aid agencies to get life-saving aid, water and medical supplies into Gaza in response to what have been staggering levels of human suffering.
“A ceasefire is also likely to be essential to securing the release of the hostages captured on 7 October.
“We call on all parties to allow MPs to have a free vote on this vital issue, and call on all MPs to get behind the vote and add their voice to mounting international concern at the catastrophic loss of civilian life in Israel and Gaza.”