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Muslim leaders in Nairobi launch fundsrive in aid of Palestine victims

Muslim leaders in Nairobi have launched an initiative seeking to raise funds to cushion Palestinian affected by the war pitting Israel at the Gaza strip.

Former Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow and National Muslim Leaders Forum Abdullahi Abdi called on Kenyans to support the humanitarian initiative during the Holy Month of Ramadhan.

Muslims are expected to start fasting on March 10, 2024, but that would be subject to the appearance of the crescent moon on the evening of March 9.

“We call for the financial support for the survivors of the ongoing genocide as we castigate and condemn the atrocities committed against the Palestinians people,” said Mr Kerrow.

He spoke at the Jamia Mosque, Nairobi accompanied by other Muslim leaders who called on the international community not to take lightly the killings which have been witnessed at Gaza strip.

At the same time the leaders castigated President William Ruto’s government for failing to rally other countries to support the Palestinian cause being autonomous. They insisted the government should have come out openly to support the case presented against Israel by South Africa in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“The government cannot bury its head in the sand nor be indifferent to the suffering of the people of Gaza and Palestine. It should condemn the atrocities just as it has done in other countries,” added Mr Kerrow.

Mr Abdi said it was sad the government has remained mum instead of going public to express a position on the atrocities being committed by Israel

“Kenya has been vocal in mediating peace in Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and other nations under protecting human life and fostering security. It should use the same vigour to fight for the creation of Palestinian state as demanded by international bodies including the United Nations,” said Mr Abdi.

President William Ruto has in the past called for end to the war and diplomatic solution.

Over 30,000 people have reportedly lost their lives in the war that has been crticised around the world.

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