Addis Ababa, 11 October 2023 (TDI): On the recent escalation between Israel and Palestine, the African Union (AU) called for immediate peace talks and a ceasefire.

The Chairperson of the Commission of the AU, Moussa Faki Mahamat, expressed his utmost concern at the outbreak of the current Israel-Palestine hostilities causing grave consequences for the lives of civilians in particular, and for peace in the region, in general.

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President of African Union Mousa Faki Mahamat urged immediate Israel-Palestine peace talk

The AU Chairperson wished to recall that the denial of the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people, particularly that of an independent and sovereign State, is the main cause of the permanent Israel-Palestine tension.

He urgently appealed to both parties on behalf of the AU to put an end to military hostilities and to return, without conditions, to the negotiating table to implement the principle of two States living side by side, to safeguard the interests of the people.

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Moussa Faki Mahamat further called on the international community, and the major world powers in particular, to assume their responsibilities and ensure peace along with guaranteeing the rights of the people.

It is pertinent to note that on 7th October, Hamas launched an attack on Israel. As a result, Israel with the support of the West has been bombarding the Gaza Strip.

News coming out of Gaza is horrific with multiple child deaths as well as other casualties. Many rescue teams have also been targeted by the Israeli forces. Moreover, Israel also cut off the water, food, and electricity supply of Gaza.