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Exercise of Restraint Urged by the European Union to Parties Involved in Middle East Conflict

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Brussels, April 8 – The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the European Union condemns the escalation of violence in the Middle East, and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and prevent an escalation of the conflict.
“The European Union calls for an immediate end to the violence. Everything necessary must be done to prevent an escalation of the conflict. We call on all parties to exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid further escalation and to contribute to calm during the religious holidays,” Borrell said in a written statement.
In Brussels, it condemned the attack in Tel Aviv that claimed the life of an Italian tourist. At the same time, the European Union indicated that the escalation of violence came after the events in Jerusalem, when Israel used force against the Palestinians in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. “The European Union condemns the violent incidents in the holy places of Jerusalem, and remembers that the status quo of the holy places must be preserved,” Borrell said.

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As previously reported by Palestinian media, dozens of Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli security forces near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The occupation police said that they arrested 350 people as a result of the Al-Aqsa raid. Jordan and Egypt have already condemned Israel’s actions. The press service of the Israeli army reported earlier that Israeli planes and tanks attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip at night, in response to the firing of rockets into the territory of the Jewish state. Israel also launched strikes in southern Lebanon.
“We also condemn the indiscriminate Israeli missile attacks from the Gaza Strip and Lebanese territory. We unreservedly condemn the terrorist attack that resulted in the death of two Israelis and the serious injury of one Israeli. Israel has the right to defend itself. At the same time, any response must be proportionate,” – The head of EU diplomacy said in a statement.

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