Moeen Ali wears wristbands with ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ slogans while batting for England against India

Statement: Moeen Ali batted for England against India wearing wristbands that read 'Save Gaza'

Statement: Moeen Ali batted for England against India wearing wristbands that read ‘Save Gaza’

•All-rounder Ali wore black and white wristbands while batting in England’s first innings of third Test at Ageas Bowl

•27-year-old helped raise money for victims of Gaza conflict in home city of Birmingham

•Almost 1,100 people have died in three-week conflict between Israel and Hamas
 
•United Nations have expressed ‘grave concern’ about situation and called for cease fire

Moeen Ali has shown his support for the people of Gaza by wearing wristbands with the slogans ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ while playing for England in the third Investec Test match with India.

The all-rounder, who is a practising Muslim of Pakistani descent, wore the black and white bands on his wrist as he batted for England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

It comes after Ali, 27, was pictured this week raising funds for the victims of the conflict in Gaza with the Ummah Welfare Trust in Small Heath, Birmingham.

Israel launched an air offensive against Palestinian Hamas militants in Gaza three weeks ago.

According to the United Nations, almost 1,100 people, including many civilians, have been killed during the subsequent fighting, with Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon saying on Monday that the territory was in a ‘critical condition.’

A UN statement released over the weekend and designed to encourage a lasting cease fire between Israel and Hamas, expressed ‘grave concern regarding the deterioration in the situation as a result of the crisis related to Gaza and the loss of civilian lives and casualties.’

Daily Mail

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