France 'deeply concerned' by Gaza violence

1st October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 1 (AFP) - France is "deeply concerned" by the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli tanks and troops have moved into after Palestinian militant rocket attacks, the foreign ministry said Friday.

PARIS, Oct 1 (AFP) - France is "deeply concerned" by the escalating violence in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli tanks and troops have moved into after Palestinian militant rocket attacks, the foreign ministry said Friday.  

"We have condemned the rocket strikes which led to the deaths of two (Israeli) children in Sderot two days ago. Israel has the right to defend itself against terrorism but must do so with respect to international humanitarian law," ministry spokesman Herve Ladsous said.  

"Recourse to violence is not a solution," he added.  

At least 44 Palestinian and five Israelis have died in the latest confrontation, which began three days ago after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gave a green light to a larger operation codenamed "Days of Penitence".

© AFP

Subject: French News

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