People gathered around medical table in a tent-like structure.

People receive support from the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches (DSPR-MECC), a member of ACT Alliance responding to the needs of people in Gaza by providing medical and psychosocial support.


The statement notes the death toll now surpassing 36,000 people, over two-thirds of them children and women; more than 83% of the population displaced; and the complete destruction of medical, educational, and other civilian infrastructure, with more than 50% of homes destroyed, leaving over one million people homeless.

The suffering, the statement notes, is due to indiscriminate nature of the Israeli military actions in the territory, and of the lack of respect for fundamental principles of international humanitarian law and morality.”

The WCC governing body urged immediate and unconditional release of all hostages held in Gaza without violence, as well as of persons detained in Gaza and the West Bank without due legal process.”

The statement asked all members of the international community to rediscover their moral and legal commitment to the equal human rights of all.”

The WCC executive committee is meeting in Bogotá, Colombia from 6-11 June, where the governing body is focusing on the business of the WCC and on absorbing the life and witness of churches at the heart of the Pilgrimage of Justice, Reconciliation, and Unity.

Read in full: Statement on the Escalating Crisis in Gaza

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