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Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the situation in the Middle East

08.07.2014 - Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (8 July) on the tense situation in the Middle East:

Three young Israelis and a Palestinian have been murdered. The unresolved conflict in the Middle East is continuing to cost lives.

The firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip has led to a situation that threatens to cause a spiral of violence and counter-violence.

It goes without saying that Israel has the right to protect its citizens from rocket attacks.

I hope that all sides will agree that a military confrontation, which could spiral out of control, must be averted.

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