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Saturday, December 3, 2016
CAFOD sends aid to victims of Middle East conflict
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¬†CAFOD is sending cash to help pay for the medical treatment of the wounded and to assist the families of those killed during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians. The agency is sending £10,000 to Caritas Jerusalem and more than £18,000 to the Bethlehem Arab Society for Rehabilitation (BASR). BASR runs a rehabilitation centre and is ready to treat the injured referred to it from all over the West Bank and Gaza. However, nearby Israeli tanks and a military cordon are preventing patients from all but the immediate vicinity from reaching the centre. Scores of people have been killed and several thousand injured. The patron of BASR is Mgr Michael Sabah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. He said: "The only way of coming back to quiet times is to go back to the peace talks. "The way of justice was already open in the peace talks and was on the point of reaching its aim. It should be resumed. Enough bloodshed. The people should be given the right to live and to self-determination. The Palestinian State must be born and have stability which allows it to reorganise its own affairs, external and internal." Caritas International, the Catholic aid agency network of which CAFOD is a member, has condemned the violence against Palestinians. Duncan Maclaren, general secretary of Caritas, said: "We follow the Holy Father's call not just to end the violence and provocations but for a new start to the peace process to justice to the long-suffering Palestinian people."
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