Urgent ceasefire and peace talks needed in Rafah
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Urgent ceasefire and peace talks needed in Rafah

To: Rep. Spanberger

From: A verified voter in Dyke, VA

May 28

The recent Israeli strikes on Rafah that killed dozens of civilians, including many women and children, are extremely concerning. While Israel has a right to defend itself, the disproportionate use of force and disregard for civilian lives is unacceptable. The reported escalation of fighting in Rafah, once seen as a last refuge for displaced Palestinians, is only exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. The international community, including close allies, has rightly condemned these actions and urged restraint. The United States in particular has warned Israel against a full-scale offensive in Rafah, stating it would cross a red line. The International Court of Justice has also called on Israel to halt its operations in the city. Pursuing further military action in Rafah risks worsening an already dire situation for the nearly 1 million Palestinians displaced by the conflict. Aid groups are struggling to provide basic necessities like food, water, and medical care as the fighting makes aid distribution almost impossible. Hospitals have been damaged or forced to close, leaving the injured without proper treatment. A comprehensive ceasefire and renewed peace negotiations are desperately needed to end the cycle of violence and suffering for both Israelis and Palestinians. All parties must uphold international laws protecting civilians and allow unfettered humanitarian access. The lives of innocent men, women, and children must be the top priority.

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