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Candlelight vigil held for Gaza


QUETTA: A candlelight vigil was held on Friday night by the Organisation of Volunteer Youth Quetta (OVY) in the provincial capital to show solidarity with the victims of Gaza in the wake of the Israeli onslaught in Gaza Strip.
The candlelight vigil was organised by OVY in collaboration with Scientific, Education, Elegant & Refined Souls (SEERS) Institute. People from all walks of life, including members of the civil society, students, journalists and children participated in the candlelight vigil showing solidarity with the victims of Gaza.
They called upon the international humanitarian organisations to stop being silent spectators and actively halt the genocide in Gaza. They deplored mass killing of unarmed civilians that has now surpassed a one thousand mark that majorly included women and children. The speakers also stressed upon Israel to respect the international Geneva War Conventions, 1949 and not to target civilian settlements.
The speakers said that it was a tragedy that non-combatants like woman, children, and even senior citizens were not even spared and human settlements were destroyed on pretext of countering Hamas and its allies.
They called upon the UN Security Council (SC) to make efforts for immediate ceasefire between the two groups and make efforts for amicable settlement of their dispute. The speakers also questioned the role of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League (AL) in this regard that came down hard upon the neighbouring Arab states for their silence in particular and that of the Muslim world in general.
The participants also observed a thirty second silence to grieve the killings in Gaza and prayed for peace in that volatile region of the world.

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