The Gaza Strip has been turned into a "concentration camp" by two weeks of Israeli bombardments, a senior Vatican official said in an interview published Wednesday.
Cardinal Renato Martino, the Vatican's justice and peace minister, was quoted by the online Italian daily Il Sussidiario. "Let's look at the conditions in Gaza: these increasingly resemble a big concentration camp," said Cardinal Martino.
The pope is due to visit Holy Land sites in Jordan, Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank in May.
Israel's offensive on Gaza has killed almost 700 Palestinians, including 220 children, and injured 3,000 since December 27, according to Gaza medics.
Aid agencies have declared a total humanitarian crisis in Gaza, owing to the ailing stocks of basic food, water and medical supplies.
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