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13.11.2018. 17:02
Europa osuđuje napad na Izrael

Strong condemnations of Hamas attacks roll in from Europe, sans Russia

Russia issued a statement calling “upon the Palestinians and Israel to immediately return to a sustainable cease-fire, [and] show restraint

France, Germany, Britain and the Czech Republic all issued strong condemnations of Hamas on Tuesday, joining the US and Austria who did so the day before.

Francuska,Njemačka, Britanija i Češka Republika su javile oštru osudu Hamasa, a to su učinile i US i Austrija.

Russia, on the other hand, had no condemnation of the Hamas attacks, instead issuing a statement Monday calling “upon the Palestinians and Israel to immediately return to a sustainable cease-fire, show restraint and take measures in order to avoid confrontation with unpredictable consequences.”

Rusija,  međutim,  nije osudila napade Hamasa ali je izdala  izjavu  u kojoj "poziva Palestince i Izrael da se odmah vrate  prestanku napada, da izbjegavaju konfrontaciju sa nepredvidim posljedicama.." 

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France, according to a statement Paris issued, “utterly condemns the numerous rocket attacks claimed by Hamas, which have deliberately targeted in recent hours several municipalities in southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.”

The statement said that France “expresses its solidarity with the affected populations, and in particular with the families of the victims,” and “calls for the immediate cessation of these unacceptable and unjustifiable actions.” The statement also called “on the parties to avoid a new cycle of violence, the civilian population of which would be the first victims.”

The statement from Berlin read: “We strongly condemn this rocket fire. There can be no justification for this violence against innocent civilians. We have always made clear that Israel has the right to defend its security and respond appropriately to attacks.”

Britain's Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt said, “I condemn Hamas rocket fire, and am deeply concerned by civilian casualties. Civilians in Israel and Gaza must be protected.”

The statements also expressed support for Egyptian And UN efforts to stabilize the situation.

The Czech Republic's Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček? posted on Twitter on Tuesday: “I strongly condemn Hamas & Islamic Jihad attacks from Gaza on Israeli civilians.”

On Monday Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted that “rocket attacks against Israel & its civilian population are certainly not the way to solve any of Gaza's problems & must stop immediately. It is of paramount importance that civilians are protected and violence is immediately stopped. AUT [Austria] is fully committed to Israel's security.”

Emanuele Giaufret, the EU's ambassador to Israel, posted a tweet saying that he was “following with great concern the situation and the indiscriminate firing of rockets towards the south of Israel. Attacks on civilians are unacceptable and need to stop. Everyone must step back from the brink.

In the US, meanwhile, Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted strong support for Israel on Monday. “Terrorists in Gaza are again attacking Israel with tools of war. These rocket & mortar attacks on Israeli towns must be condemned by all. 

Israel is forced once again into military action to defend its citizens. We stand with Israel as it defends itself against these attacks.”

Greenblatt continued: “Hamas’ activities continue to prove they don’t really care about the Palestinians of Gaza & their only interest is to use them for political purposes. Even Palestinian lives seem not to matter to Hamas. 

The world has grown tired of Hamas’ violence and the violence of other bad actors in Gaza. This violence prevents any real help for the people of Gaza.”