“Our beloved Holy Land has changed dramatically over the past week,” their statement reads. “We are witnessing a new cycle of violence with an unjustifiable attack against all civilians.”
As tensions continue to rise, more innocent and vulnerable people are paying the ultimate price, the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches noted.
“The order to evacuate the north of Gaza and to ask 1.1 million people—including all the members of our Christian communities there—to relocate to the south within 24 hours will only deepen an already disastrous humanitarian catastrophe,” the statement reads. “Gaza's entire population is being deprived of electricity, water, fuel supplies, food, and medicine.”
According to UN sources, 423,000 people have already been displaced because of the destruction of their homes. “Many civilians in Gaza have said to us that there are no realistic ways in which they can evacuate to safety in any direction,” reads the statement, which also calls upon Israel and the international community to allow humanitarian supplies to enter Gaza.
“Moreover, we call upon all parties to de-escalate this war in order to save innocent lives while still serving the cause of justice,” reads the statement, which also invites all those of goodwill around the world to observe a Day of Prayer and Fasting on 17 October.