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AMs unite over cross-party statement on Ebola

The Ebola virus has already claimed 4,500 lives Credit: PA

Ebola continues to ravage Africa, with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea among the worst affected. Today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has given his backing to Oxfam's appeal for action to tackle the virus.

The number of Ebola cases, and suspected Ebola cases, is almost 9,000, claiming more than 4,500 lives. The number of cases is doubling about every 20 days, and the World Health Organisation is now reporting that there may be 10,000 cases a week by early December without major action.

Many Assembly Members have put their names to a cross-party statement on the crisis.

It says the National Assembly for Wales:

  • Notes the United Nations and WHO's appeal that "the international community has a 60 day window to stop the spread of the Ebola virus from reaching catastrophic levels".
  • Recognises Welsh civil-society's longstanding relationship with the people of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
  • Calls on the people of Wales, as well as other nations, to support the work of NGOs such as Oxfam in their effort to deliver humanitarian aid and undertake preventative measures to stop the spread of Ebola in those communities.

First Minister backs call for action on Ebola

Training sessions on how to tackle Ebola have been taking place across the world Credit: PA

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has given his backing to a charity's call to combat Ebola. Oxfam is calling for continued and sustained pressure to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

I am delighted that the First Minister is able to support this appeal. Oxfam and other NGOs are currently working to prevent a crisis from developing into a tragedy.

The situation in West Africa could be turned around but this requires an extraordinary outlay of resources, effort and political will, in recognition of the huge long-term impacts of this crisis, in West Africa and beyond, if the UN plan is met, and the unimaginable consequences if the epidemic is not contained.

– Kirsty Davies, Oxfam Cymru


Anti-ISIS protesters apologise for causing disruption on Severn Bridge

Anti-ISIS protesters who held a demonstration on the M4 Severn Bridge yesterday have apologised for causing disruption. Protesters from the Kurdish Society in Wales told ITV News that they want more to be done to protect Iraqi Kurds from ISIS.

Read More: Protest over ISIS treatment of Iraqi Kurds

M4 protest over as traffic starts moving freely

Gwent Police has confirmed the protest on the M4 this afternoon is now over.

Officers attended the Severn Crossing crossing where a number of protestors - in around ten vehicles - staged an anti-ISIS demonstration on the westbound stretch of the bridge over treatment of Iraqi Kurds.

Pictured: Protestors demonstrate over ISIS on M4

Protestors are pictured holding flags and waving placards as they demonstrated on the M4 Severn Bridge crossing this afternoon.

Credit: Cae Trayhern
Credit: Cae Trayhern

There was a heavy police presence as officers from Gwent Police attempted to escort the protestors, believed to be demonstrating over the treatment of Iraqi Kurds by ISIS, off the main carriageway.

Credit: Cae Trayhern
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