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European Union calls for “immediate ceasefire” in face of clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza

The European Union (EU) declared this Thursday “deeply concerned” by the “serious escalation of violence” in recent days in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and called for an “immediate ceasefire” to military operations and rocket launches.

The EU is deeply alarmed by this new round of violence and the deteriorating security situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israeland by the ongoing events around Gaza, which have claimed civilian casualties, including children,” indicated in a statement the European External Action Service.

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“We urge a comprehensive and immediate ceasefire ending Israeli military operations in Gaza and the ongoing rocket fire at Israel, which is unacceptable. International humanitarian law must be respected.” the EU stressed in the statement.

Likewise, the EU signed the joint declaration of the “munich group”, meeting in Berlin this Thursday, and the efforts of Egypt to achieve an immediate ceasefire.

The EU will continue to work with all parties to restore a political horizon for two-state solutions and stability in the region.

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The current escalation began on Tuesday with the assassination by Israel of three senior Islamic Jihad officials in the Strip, triggering a strong reaction from the enclave’s militias.

This incident took place a few days after another brief spike in violence in the area, following the death of Jader Adnana senior YIP member who died in an Israeli jail after 86 days on hunger strike.

In fact, one of the conditions that the Islamic Jihad would have set to reach a ceasefire is the return of Adnan’s body.

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The death of this prisoner has also aggravated tension in the occupied West Bank, where today a Palestinian died who was injured yesterday during clashes with Israeli troops in the context of a military raid.

Source: Elcomercio

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