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Statement on four-day ceasefire in Gaza

War Child CEO, Rob Williams, statement on the 4 day ceasefire in Gaza

7am local time marked the start of a four-day pause in the escalated hostilities in Gaza.

The agreement to release at least some of the hostages and detainees that have been held – including many children – has reunited families and represents a much-needed step towards protecting the young people affected by the bombing and violence.

War Child is ready to deliver more hygiene kits, food parcels, winter clothing, and psychosocial first aid to children in Gaza. But the truth is that a four day ceasefire isn’t nearly enough for War Child and other aid agencies to reach the 1.1 million children in urgent need of aid.

“Beyond the welcome release of hostages and detainees, this announcement sadly just lays bare the inadequacy of the so-called humanitarian pause that Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer, and too many world leaders have been calling for.  If their efforts aren't now focused on a long-term ceasefire and the release of ALL hostages and detainees, they will be complicit in the horrors that we will see appearing on our screens again in less than 96 hours’ time"Rob Williams, War Child UK CEO. 



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