A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson today (25 March) issued the following statement on the rocket attack on the Tel Aviv area and the current situation in Gaza:
The German Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the rocket attack on Mishmeret, north-east of Tel Aviv, in which several people, including two small children, were injured. We wish those who sustained injuries a full and speedy recovery.
This is another very alarming development following the rocket attack on Tel Aviv launched from the Gaza Strip just a few days ago. Coming on top of the difficult situation and social protests in the Gaza Strip, some of them directed against Hamas, there is a danger that recent events will lead to a situation which is increasingly hard to control.
Given the current escalation, it is essential that restraint is now exercised by all and that the violence ends. We call on Hamas and all other militant groups to halt their attacks. This also implies that the situation during the demonstrations at the border fence, where three Palestinians lost their lives at the weekend, is not further aggravated, especially in view of the anniversary of the 30 March demonstrations.
A house in Mishmeret, north-east of Tel Aviv, was hit by a rocket early this morning. The Israeli army confirmed that it had identified a launch from the Gaza Strip. It stated that sirens had been triggered in the area north of Tel Aviv prior to the rocket hitting the house.