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May 5, 2019 9:08 am
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European Union Calls for Immediate Halt to Gaza Rocket Fire Towards Israel

avatar by Israel Hayom / JNS.org

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Photo: Annika Haas via Flickr.

JNS.org – Israel’s air strikes in the Gaza Strip over the weekend, which were triggered by a rocket barrage on Israel overnight Friday, have prompted the European Union to issue a statement urging both sides to exercise calm.

The organization’s chief foreign policy and defense coordinator, Federica Mogherini, issued a general call for both sides to engage in talks.

“The rocket fire from Gaza towards Israel must stop immediately,” said a spokesperson for Mogherini on Saturday night. “A de-escalation of this dangerous situation is urgently needed to ensure that civilians’ lives are protected. Israelis and Palestinians both have the right to live in peace, security, and dignity. Only a political solution can put an end to the violence. Efforts by Egypt and the UN to calm the situation have the European Union’s full support.”

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