The Leader of Christian Catholics on Sunday urged respect for humanitarian law in Gaza amid growing violence in the region, demanding the establishment of peace in Palestine.

Iran PressEurope: Leader of Christian Catholics, Pope Francis on Sunday called for humanitarian corridors to help those under siege in Gaza and renewed his appeal for the establishing of peace in Palestine.

Pope Francis, during his Sunday Angelus address said: "In Gaza there is an urgent need to guarantee humanitarian corridors and to rescue the entire population," , referring to the embattled Gaza Strip, where Israel has cut off water, electricity, and humanitarian aid, and also is not allowing residents to leave."

Since it began on Oct. 7, both sides in the conflict have decried the spilling of the blood of civilians, minors, and non-combatants.

Francis also invited all believers to join the church on Tuesday for a Day of Prayer and Fasting.

The conflict began when Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel, a multi-pronged surprise attack including a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel via land, sea, and air.

Hamas said the operation was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians.

According to the latest statistics of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the number of Palestinian people killed in an Israeli raid on Gaza reached 2,329, with 9,024 others being injured during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. 219

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