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The Federal Foreign Office on the current situation in Gaza

15.03.2019 - Press release

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson today (15 March) issued the following statement on the rocket attack on Tel Aviv and the current situation in Gaza:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the rocket attack launched from the Gaza Strip against Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities last night. The fact that major population centres such as Tel Aviv were targeted is particularly grave. This is the first such attack since 2014. We have repeatedly made it clear that Israel has the right to defend its security and to respond to attacks in an appropriate manner.

We note with relief initial reports that the situation in the Gaza Strip has eased. The engagement of Egypt, the United Nations and others who are working intensively to ensure that the situation does not escalate further, is more important now than ever.

It is essential that the greatest possible restraint is exercised now and that the violence ends. Hamas and other militant groups must cease their attacks permanently.

Background information:

On 14 March, two rockets were launched towards Israel’s interior, for the first time since 2014. Alarms sounded in several cities, including Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and Givatayim, and the bunkers in Tel Aviv were opened. Prime Minister Netanyahu convened a meeting with the leaders of the security apparatus in the evening, and around 100 targets in Gaza were attacked overnight.

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