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Icelandic Doctors and Nurses Sign Ceasefire Petitions

Over 400 Icelandic doctors have signed a petition calling on the Icelandic government to denounce Israel for its attacks on Gaza and demand an immediate ceasefire, mbl.is reports. A separate letter from Icelandic nurses with the same demands has 254 signatures, RÚV reports. The letter outlines the deaths and destruction of infrastructure caused by Israel’s attacks in Gaza and call the situation a humanitarian crisis.

“In the past few weeks, Israel has carried out extensive attacks on Gaza in revenge for a terrorist attack which was carried out in Israel. Israel’s attacks have killed at least 10,569 Palestinians, including at least 4,324 children. The attacks have also caused tremendous destruction of Palestine’s infrastructure, which is at the point of collapse. Israel has cut off all water, electricity, and food supplies to residents of Gaza and is significantly restricting all aid from Egypt. A serious humanitarian crisis is happening that must be responded to as quickly as possible,” the opening of the letter from Icelandic doctors reads.

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The letter outlines the impact of the attacks on healthcare services in Gaza, including the killing of healthcare staff, destruction of hospitals, clinics, and ambulances. “The healthcare system in Gaza collapsed a long time ago,” it reads, in part. “Hospitals in Gaza cannot fulfill their role.”

“We the undersigned send this letter with the sincere wish and demand that the Icelandic government responds to the serious events that are now happening and demands a ceasefire,” the letter continues. “The government should put pressure on Israel to stop the continuing attacks on innocent residents of Gaza and on healthcare services in the area and condemn [Israel’s] actions.”

Locals in Iceland have held regular protests calling on the government to denounce Israel’s attacks and pressure for a ceasefire. A protest in support of a ceasefire will be held outside the US Embassy in Reykjavík today at 5:00 PM.

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