AMMAN, Jordan, 5 January 2009 At a UNICEF-organized press conference here this morning, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah made an urgent plea on behalf of all the civilians living in Gaza, especially children for a humanitarian ceasefire and for the international community to do all it can to help alleviate the suffering.

Queen Rania, who is UNICEFs Eminent Advocate for Children, was accompanied by UNICEF Regional Director Sigrid Kaag and other UN agency representatives. In an urgent message to world leaders, Her Majesty warned that our humanity is incomplete when children, irrespective of nationality, are victims of military operations. She called on all nations to act to end the fighting and open all crossings, especially Karni, to permit the uninterrupted passage of wheat, fuel, medicine and other vital supplies. To read the full story, visit the UNICEF website. To hear one Palestinian boy’s first-hand account of life in the midst of the conflict, click here.

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