Statement by Ireland’s President Michael Higgins on ongoing violence in the Middle East

“The ongoing horrific loss of civilian life in Gaza and Israel has to be addressed. It should concern us all. Violence by non-State as well as State actors must be described for what it is – breaches of international law. If international law is to respected, it is important that hostages be released and an immediate humanitarian ceasefire be put in place.

In this terrible ongoing loss of civilian life, that is having such a devastating impact on families on all sides, with the large proportion of those killed being women and children, it is important that there be a verification of figures, that the lives lost are not reduced to competing press releases.

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