Dear Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
I am writing on behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia (MSF) to urgently request that the Australian government does everything within its power to call for an immediate and enduring ceasefire in Gaza and Israel. I appreciated the recent opportunity to raise our concerns with Senator Wong in person, and I reiterate them again in this open letter.
A ceasefire for all warring parties is crucial to:
- Prevent more deaths. More than 11,000 people have now been killed in Gaza including over 4,000 children, and many more injured. More than 1,200 people have been killed in Israel.
- Ensure access to lifesaving emergency medical care. There are more than 27,000 wounded people in Gaza (mainly women and children), with that number growing every hour. A ceasefire will enable people to safely reach healthcare facilities.
- Enabling humanitarian organisations to safely enter Gaza, bringing in essential medical personnel and supplies, food, water and shelter materials.
- Protecting medical infrastructure. During war, wounded people, healthcare facilities, staff and services are protected under international humanitarian law. A cessation of hostilities will prevent further attacks on vital healthcare infrastructure in Gaza and allow for the restoration of critical services.