London Mayor Sadiq Khan defies Labour line with call for Gaza cease-fire – POLITICO

London Mayor Sadiq Khan defies Labour line with call for Gaza cease-fire – POLITICO

“I join the international community in calling for a cease-fire,” he said. “It will stop the killing and would allow vital aid supplies to reach those who need it in Gaza, but it will also allowed the international community more time to prevent a protracted conflict in the region and further devastating loss of life.”

Khan added that while Israel “has a right to defend itself” and to target Hamas, it does not have a right to break international law.

In a further sign of pressure Friday afternoon, Scottish Labour leader Sarwar issued his own call for a ceasefire.

“We need to see the immediate release of hostages, immediate access to humanitarian supplies … and the immediate cessation of violence with an end to rocket fire into and out of Gaza,” Sarwar, who is close to Starmer, said in a video posted on X.

“Let me be clear: that means a ceasefire right now,” he added.

Starmer has so far called only for humanitarian “pauses” to allow aid to enter Gaza and for civilians to flee. It aligns him with the United States, the EU and the British government. But it stops short of calling for a full cease-fire, which Labour has said would deny Israel its right to pursue Hamas after its deadly attacks earlier this month.

https://www.politico.eu/article/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-defy-labour-party-line-call-gaza-cease-fire-israel-war/

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