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Annie Lennox has spoken out against the recent conflict in Gaza in a blog on her website.

“As you are probably aware, I’ve been pretty busy over the last few days, talking to media and press with regard to the dire situation in Gaza. I want to make my position crystal clear.

“I am making a plea on behalf of innocent civilians. ALL innocent civilians on BOTH sides. Now that Israeli ground forces have entered Gaza, there is only one guarantee… ABSOLUTE CARNAGE.

“How can this strategy ever contribute to the creation of lasting peace, security and stability for Israeli citizens, Palestinian citizens, or citizens of the world??? As of yesterday, a tragic giant step was taken backwards and further away from peaceful conflict resolution.”

Lennox – who is well known for her humanitarian work with UNICEF and the Treatment Action Campaign – called a press conference over the weekend to protest against the latest outbreak of violence.

“A few days after Christmas I came downstairs, put the television on and saw smoke pyres emanating from buildings and it shook me to the core,” she said. “I was thinking, as a mother and as a human being, how was this going to be a solution to peace? It’s a question of human rights, human values that goes beyond Jewish, Muslim, nothing to do with any of that. There has to be a place ultimately where people come to the table.”

Lennox also took part in a march and rally in London over the weekend in protest over the fighting.

“It’s not just about Gaza,” she said. “It’s about all of us.”

A special interview between the singer and Sky News can be viewed here.

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