Moscow is concerned about escalation of tensions in Gaza Strip
Maria Zakharova said the tensions "may lead to new civilian deaths on both
sides and the collapse of the humanitarian situation on Palestinian
November 01, 17:02 UTC+3
MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. Moscow is concerned about the escalation of
tensions in the Gaza Strip, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria
Zakharova said at Thursday’s briefing.
"Moscow is concerned about these developments, when rash, hasty actions
increase the risk of a massive armed confrontation around Gaza which may
lead to new civilian deaths on both sides and the collapse of the
humanitarian situation on Palestinian territory," she stressed.
"We call on the Israelis and Palestinians to show restraint and take urgent
measures to rule out the exacerbation of a power confrontation with
unexpected tragic effects," the diplomat noted.
In order to stop violence it is necessary to strive to "renew the peace
process under the two-state formula of the Palestinian-Israeli settlement
based on the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly
and the Arab Peace Initiative," she said.
The tension in the Palestinian enclave ratcheted up overnight into October
27. Gazan radicals fired about 500 rockets and mortar rounds on Israel, and
in response Israeli fighters and helicopters hit more than 90 military
targets in the Gaza Strip. The interchange is seventh since the beginning of
the year and third during the month.