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Foreign Secretary Urges De-Escalation In Southern Israel And Gaza

William Hague condemns rocket attacks on Israel and is deeply concerned by escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza

Published on 09 July 2014

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Commenting on rocket attacks by Palestinian militant groups on Israel and Israeli air-strikes on Gaza, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

"I am deeply concerned by the recent escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel. I condemn the firing of rockets into Israel by Gaza-based militants. The UK calls on Hamas and other militant groups to stop these attacks. The people of Israel have the right to live without constant fear for their security; the people of Gaza also have the right to live in peace.

"All sides must do their utmost to act with restraint and avoid the loss of innocent life. I was deeply saddened to hear there have already been civilian injuries.

"All sides have a responsibility to respect in full the November 2012 ceasefire, and to address the underlying causes of conflict and instability in Gaza. A dangerous escalation is in no one’s interest, and would be harmful to prospects for the Middle East Peace Process."

For more information about this press release visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-secretary-urges-de-escalation-in-southern-israel-and-gaza



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Posted 2014-07-09 13:31:00