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Raila speaks on Israel-Palestine war, Palestine ‘has right to exist’

Raila Odinga says Palestine has a “right to exist”, and should be recognised by Israel and other nations as an independent state.

Azimio leader Raila Odinga has said Palestine has a “right to exist” as Israel’s siege on Gaza continues unabated.

Odinga said that a long-lasting solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict would only be found if Palestine’s statehood is “recognised by all civilised people.”

Speaking at a church function in Kajiado Raila said: “Peace cannot return until Palestinians are granted justice (in the cyclic Israel-Palestine conflict).”

Odinga added that Palestinians should be granted “permanent residence and recognition of their right to exist as free and independent people. That is what is not being said.”

In addition, Raila said the conflict has escalated because “people are mixing up issues and taking sides.”

“You see a president going there, taking a stand and condemning the other side, when bombs are being dropped; schools, hospitals and patients are being bombed,” he said.

“These are issues that need to be acknowledged, and must be condemned by all civilised people,” Odinga added.

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His remarks come a few days after President William Ruto took a firm decision to stand with Israel.

Ruto condemned the attacks on Israel, noting that Kenya doesn’t support terrorism in any form.

“Kenya joins the rest of the world in solidarity with the State of Israel and unequivocally condemns terrorism and attacks on innocent civilians in the country,” he said.

It is now two weeks since Hamas launched its assault on Israel, killing more than 1,400 people.

Palestinian officials in Gaza say more than 4,600 have been killed since then after Israel launched retaliatory attacks.

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