Conflict in Gaza has killed over 1,800 civilians and displaced more than 485,000 people.

Trócaire is funding emergency aid for people affected in the latest round of violence to affect the region.

We are also working with partners in Israel and the West Bank to build a just peace based on a respect for human rights.

For more information and to donate to our Gaza appeal – www.trocaire.org

Trócaire is the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Prayer

Earlier, Caritas called for a cease-fire. Cardinal Roderiquez Maradiga, chairman of Caritas International, said,

‘We pray for the Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost their children, mothers and fathers and for those who have been killed.  Our prayers are with the children who live in terror and whose mental scars will run deep long after this war is over.’

He added,

‘As we mark the anniversary of the First World War 100 years ago, we remember the words of the then Pope Benedict XV: – “Force can repress the body, but it cannot repress the souls of men”and we pray that despite this terrible time of war and oppression, the souls of Palestinians and Israelis will remain free to believe in a future of justice and peace.’