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Prince William urges immediate end to Gaza fighting

LONDON (Bernama-UPI) — In an unprecedented intervention in the Gaza conflict, Britain’s Prince William, the British heir to the throne, called Tuesday for hostilities to be halted at the earliest opportunity.

“I remain deeply concerned about the terrible human cost of the conflict in the Middle East..,” he said in a statement, adding that too many have been killed.

“I, like so many others, want to see an end to the fighting as soon as possible. There is a desperate need for increased humanitarian support to Gaza. It’s critical that aid gets in and the hostages are released,” the prince of Wales said, according to United Press International (UPI).

Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales reacts during a visit to the British Red Cross’ headquarters in London on February 20, 2024. PHOTO: AFP

“Sometimes it is only when faced with the sheer scale of human suffering that the importance of permanent peace is brought home.

“Even in the darkest hour, we must not succumb to the counsel of despair,” William wrote ahead of a series of upcoming engagements in London at which he will hear about the work of humanitarian agencies in Gaza and a spike in anti-Semitism sparked by the war.

William’s latest comments come as he is fulfilling a pivotal role in the monarchy standing in for his 75-year-old father, King Charles, who has stepped back from frontline royal duties to get treatment for a cancer diagnosed in February.

His statement echoes a plea by Charles in October for tolerance and understanding between different faiths and cultures in which he talked of heartbreaking loss of life, UPI reported.

In his Christmas Day message to the nation he said that tragic conflicts were time for universal religious values to be applied.

In 2020, Charles became the most senior member of the monarchy to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.