'Terribly saddened' Messi calls for end of violence in Gaza
Argentine superstar striker Lionel Messi, who is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, has called for end of violence in Gaza while expressing his sadness over the deaths of children in the region.
Messi said on his Facebook page that as a father and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he is terribly saddened by the images coming from the conflict between Israel and Palestine, where violence has already claimed so many young lives and to injure countless children.
Messi's message came with a picture of a Palestinian child wounded in Gaza posted on his Facebook page. He said that children did not create this conflict, but they are paying the ultimate price, The Dawn reported.
The Barcelona forward said that this cycle of senseless violence must stop. He added that people must reflect on the consequences of military conflicts and children must be protected.
As Messi's statement comes, Israel has launched air strikes across the Gaza Strip after Egyptian-mediated talks failed to extend a 72-hour truce in the month-long conflict.
Gaza officials say that Israeli attacks have claimed the lives of 1,877 Palestinians, most of them civilians. Hamas said on Thursday that it had executed an unspecified number of Palestinians as Israeli spies.
Israel says 64 of its soldiers and three civilians have died in the fighting that began on July 8, the report added.
(Posted on 09-08-2014)