More than 900 staff from the United States Agency for International Development have issued an open plea for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities

6 November 2023

More than 900 staff from the United States Agency for International Development have issued an open “plea for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities that, as of November 6, 2023, have now claimed the lives of more than 10,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis.”

The letter’s signers are “alarmed and disheartened at the numerous violations of international law; laws which aim to protect civilians, medical and media personnel, as well as schools, hospitals, and places of worship. At the time of writing, an alarming number of civilian deaths have been documented in the Gaza strip, and entire Palestinian families wiped off the civil registry. According to Save the Children, 3,197 children were killed in Gaza in just 3 weeks which supasses the annual number of children killed in conflict zones globally since 2019. The United Nations reports that the health system is on the brink of collapse. Twelve of Gaza’s 35 hospitals are no longer functioning. Since the beginning of Israel’s indiscriminate bombing campaign, the World Health Organization reports that there have been 34 attacks on healthcare facilities, including 21 hospitals; while 73 healthcare workers have been killed. Further, we are incredibly alarmed at the lack of functioning maternity and newborn units due to Israel’s siege, and a growing number of pregnant women forced to undergo emergency C-sections without anesthetics. We are also deeply concerned about Israel’s unlawful use of white phosphorus, documented by human rights organizations.”