CARE Statement on UK arms sales to Israel

05 April 2024


Dorothy Sang, Head of Advocacy and Policy, CARE International UK, said:

"Aid workers and civilians must be protected in conflict, and humanitarian aid must not be restricted. These are indisputable foundations of international humanitarian law. The Government’s criteria for arms exports are clear that licences should not be granted where there is a clear risk that the items might be used in violation of international humanitarian law.

Gaza is experiencing a manmade humanitarian crisis. Over 33,000 Palestinians and 200 aid workers have been killed during this conflict. Famine is imminent if not already present in the north of Gaza.

The UK Government must now suspend arms export licenses to Israel. It must support an immediate ceasefire to prevent further loss of life, including supporting implementation of Resolution 2728 and any future resolutions at the UN Security Council. We urge the Foreign Secretary to do everything possible to increase the amount of aid reaching civilians across Gaza and secure the release of all hostages."

CARE has joined with Oxfam and other NGOs in an open letter to the UK Government calling for the UK to stop selling arms to Israel. You can help raise the volume by signing the letter today.

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