COUNCIL bosses have called on the Prime Minister to help put an end to the ongoing and serious war in the Middle East.

David King, leader of Colchester Council, has penned an open letter to Rishi Sunak regarding the council’s stance on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

Mr King’s letter to the Prime Minster explains how, although Colchester as a city is safe for residents, it cannot ignore the horrific ongoing battle.

Calling for more action to be taken, the councillor said: “We are deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in the Middle East.

“We want to do everything we can to give voice to our residents and to assure them all – of every faith and none – Colchester remains a safe place, a city of sanctuary, which cares for their concerns.

“The conflict is having a devastating impact on people on both sides of the divide.

“We believe the UK Government has a responsibility to use its influence to help resolve this crisis, to bring an end to the violence and to protect the innocent.”

The letter comes after Colchester Council urged the government to exercise its influence to help release all hostages and protect civilians caught-up in the conflict, and for international law to be upheld.