Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Maeve McLaughlin, has thanked Donegal Sinn Fein for organising a rally in Muff against the continuing loss of life in the Israel/Gaza conflict.
The rally took place in the border village on Wednesday evening and speaking at it, Ms. McLaughlin called the bloodshed to stop.
“I would like to commend everyone for turning out at short notice in Muff and the support this vigil has received from motorists travelling between Derry and Donegal.
“I don’t think anyone could have been unmoved by the horrific scenes we have witnessed in the last 24 hours of dozens of blood stained young children being rushed into hospitals.
“I have spoken to one woman here and she has said to me can you imagine if we were witnessing this happening in Altnagelvin or Letterkenny hospitals and then there was an air strike on them with massive bombs?,” she said.
Ms. McLaughlin went on to criticise Israel for the number of innocent Palestinian civilians and children killed by the Israeli Defence Force during the conflict, which started on July 8.
“At this stage over 1,200 Palestinians have been killed, and some 6,700 have been injured, since Israel launched its brutal attacks on July 8.
“According to reports over three-quarters have been innocent civilians and children.
“UNICEF’s Head of Office in Gaza, and a specialist in child protection during emergencies, Pernille Ironside, has stated that there is nowhere safe for children and their families in Gaza.”
Since the conflict started Israel has bombed schools, hospitals and in one instance a UN run school where over 3,000 people were taking shelter from the bombings.
“Israel has also destroyed the power plant in Gaza and there is a severe shortage of water, oil, and gas.
“While residents only had a couple of hours of electricity a day before, that has now been taken from them and the humanitarian crisis is growing more and more severe by the day.”
Meanwhile, Ógra Shinn Féin Derry is calling for people to join in a candle lit vigil to mark the four week anniversary of Operation ‘Protective Edge’ on Tuesday, August 5.
People are asked to gather at the bottom of Fahan Street at 9.30pm on Tuesday evening and to bring candles.