English-Albanian popstar of Muslim descent, Dua Lipa turned to her Instagram handle, to express solidarity with the people of Gaza amid the ongoing war and extend her condolences towards the affectees, calling for a ceasefire in the region.
Sharing a PCRF (Palestine Children’s Relief Fund) fundraiser for the ‘Urgent relief for Gaza’s children’, the ‘Levitating’ singer wrote, “With each passing day, my heart aches for the people of Israel and Palestine. Grief for the lives lost in the horrifying attacks in Israel. Grief as I witness the unprecedented suffering in Gaza, where 2.2 million souls, half of them children, endure unimaginable hardships.”
She continued, “For now, I desperately hope for a ceasefire in Gaza and urge governments to halt the unfolding crisis. Our hope lies in finding the empathy to recognize this dire humanitarian situation.”
Lipa concluded the message with, “Sending love to Palestinian and Jewish communities worldwide, who bear this burden more heavily than most.”
Meanwhile, around 3,000 people have since been killed in Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip, whereas, more than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel.
Moreover, Israeli air strikes on the hospital compound, sheltering displaced people, on Tuesday, killed at least 200 people.
Egypt announced on Thursday that it would reopen the Rafah crossing for the purpose of the “sustainable” transfer of humanitarian assistance, according to presidential spokesman Ahmed Fahmy.
Khalid Zayed, the head of the Red Crescent for North Sinai, told reporters that 200 trucks carrying 3,000 tons of aid were heading towards Rafah or are already stationed there.
The UN and international human rights groups have been warning about the dire humanitarian situation unfolding in Gaza after Israel cut the supply of electricity, water, and fuel, and urged more than 1 million Palestinians to immediately evacuate to the southern part of the densely populated enclave.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled for safety amid heavy Israeli airstrikes, and the UN has warned of an “unprecedented catastrophe” in Gaza due to “rapidly dwindling” stocks of food, fuel, and medicine.
Israeli officials said the supplies would not be restored from their end until Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups free hostages taken during their deadly October 7 raid into Israeli territory.