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  • Updated: April 13, 2024

'I suffer greatly' - Pope Francis urges immediate ceasefire in Gaza

'I suffer greatly' - Pope Francis urges immediate ceasefire

Pope Francis expressed deep concern about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, stating that he is greatly troubled by the situation.

In a message sent to the Al Arabiya Network to mark the end of the Ramadan fast, the 87-year-old pontiff emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

"I suffer greatly because of the conflict in Palestine and Israel," Pope Francis said in his message.

"May there be an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, where a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding. May aid be allowed to reach the Palestinian people who are suffering greatly, and may the hostages taken in October be released!"

The Pope also mentioned other areas of conflict in the Middle East, including war-torn Syria and Lebanon, urging an end to violence and a focus on the well-being of children.

"Enough! Stop!" he exclaimed.

"Please, put an end to the clash of arms and think of the children, all the children, as you do your own children. They need homes, parks, and schools, not tombs and mass graves."

The recent escalation in violence began with Hamas's attack on October 7, leading to significant casualties on both sides.

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