/ 22 February 2024

A Royal intervention

Image source: Canva
Image source: Canva

Prince William has broken Royal protocol in calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, saying “too many have been killed” and there’s a “desperate need for increased humanitarian support” for Palestinians. The Prince of Wales released the statement on Tuesday before visiting British Red Cross HQ in London and attending video calls with staff working in Gaza. He was told by the organisation’s CEO, Beatrice Butsana-Sita, that “it is civilians who pay the price as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate”. Kensington Palace briefed the UK Government on the statement before it was released. A spokeswoman for PM Rishi Sunak later said it was “consistent with the government position”, and they also “want to see an end to the fighting in Gaza as soon as possible”. The UK abstained from voting on a new ceasefire resolution at the UN on Tuesday – it was ultimately vetoed by the US.

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