Pope Francis has renewed his plea for the opening of humanitarian corridors to assist those trapped in Gaza. He has also reiterated his call for the release of detainees held by Hamas.
During his weekly address to the crowds at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope made a heartfelt appeal, saying, “I earnestly hope that children, the sick, the elderly, women, and all civilians do not become victims of conflict.”
He went on to emphasize, “Respecting human rights must come above all else in Gaza.”
Just last week, Pope Francis had said, “I pray for those families who have turned a day of celebration into a day of mourning, and I urge the immediate release of hostages.”
In reference to Israel’s response to Hamas, Pope Francis stated, “Those who come under attack have the right to defend themselves, but I am deeply concerned about the blockade imposed on the Palestinians in Gaza, which has also claimed many innocent lives.”
The Pope’s appeals come amidst ongoing tensions and conflicts in the Gaza Strip, as he continues to advocate for a peaceful resolution and the protection of the civilian population.