On behalf of my constituents in Bolton North East, I wrote to the Foreign Secretary to convey the strong sentiment expressed by constituents about the developing situation in Gaza.
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Dear James Cleverly MP,
I am writing to you on behalf of my constituents in Bolton North East to address several pressing matters that concern Boltonians and the international community.
Two weeks ago, in the House of Commons, I, our party, government, and parliament collectively condemned Hamas' barbaric and inhumane attacks. It is vital that we stand together in denouncing acts of violence and terror against innocent civilians.
First and foremost, I would like to draw your attention to a recent article in The Times/Sunday Times (29 October 2023), which reported that the Gaza health ministry has claimed that at least 3,195 children have lost their lives in Gaza since the conflict ensued on 7 October.
I seek your perspective on this matter and ask if His Majesty's Government can confirm this number of casualties? Furthermore, I believe it is crucial to understand what steps our government along with international partners are taking to stamp out the loss of innocent civilian lives in this ongoing conflict.
Secondly, I wish to inquire about the progress and measures being taken to ensure the safe passage and evacuation of British nationals from Gaza via the Rafa crossing in Egypt. The safety and wellbeing of British citizens are of utmost importance, and I seek reassurances on the efforts being made to protect and support them. In addition, during a recent visit to the New Medina Mosque in my constituency, I observed strong sentiment expressed by our constituents about the developing situation in Gaza, with many of my constituents calling for a ceasefire. What criteria must be met for our government to call for a ceasefire? I kindly request your timely response to these inquiries.
The situation in Gaza is of deep concern to me, and your insights and actions are pivotal in addressing these issues. I and my constituents wish to see Israel and the Palestinians step back from the brink.
Mark Logan MP