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Top Anglican Criticizes BBC for Refusing Gaza Aid Appeal

The leader of the Church of England says the British Broadcasting Corporation should air an appeal for humanitarian aid for civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, Sunday made his comments as more than 50 British lawmakers announced a petition urging the BBC to run the appeal.

The UK's national broadcaster says it rejected the appeal because it did not want to harm its image as an impartial news source. The BBC also questioned whether the aid will reach those who need it.

The organization seeking to advertise its appeal, the Disasters Emergency Committee, is a grouping of 13 aid agencies that aid people in crisis. The group says it is not political, and that it is seeking funds to help innocent people affected by the conflict in Gaza.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.