Sheffield MPs urge Government to take more action in response to the increasing violence in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Five Sheffield MPs have written to the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urging him to take more action in response to the increasing violence in Jerusalem and Gaza.

Saturday, 15th May 2021, 8:51 am

The letter signed by Olivia Blake, paul Blomfield, Gill Furniss, Clive Betts and Louise Haigh urges the UK Government to condemn all the attacks on civilians and calls on Israeli police and security forces to stop their use of violence on worshippers.

Boris Johnson has joined international calls for an “urgent de-escalation” of violence in the Middle East.

Labour MP for Sheffield Hallam Olivia Blake said: "Clive Betts and I are calling on the Foreign Secretary to condemn all attacks on civilians & find a peaceful resolution which involves respect for human rights and international law.

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Sheffield MP Olivia Blake

Our letter urges the Foreign secretary to take action in response to the violence in Jerusalem, which has caused a chain of escalating military action resulting in the deaths of civilians on both sides of the conflict, including children.

She added: .There has unfortunately been a spiralling amount of violence on a number of civilians on both sides who have been sadly killed. We just feel that the Government here could be doing so much more to help negotiate a way through a peaceful resolution."

Boris Johnson has joined international calls for an “urgent de-escalation” of violence in the Middle East amid fears Israel and the Palestinians are sliding towards all-out war.

The Prime Minister issued a renewed appeal for an end to the “cycle of reprisals and retaliation” and for both sides to return to talks.