Britain slams 'cowardly' Israel bus attack after boy dies

18th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague Sunday expressed his "abhorrence" of a missile attack on a school bus in southern Israel after it was announced a boy injured in the attack had died.

Hague condemned the "cowardly" attack which was instigated by Islamic group Hamas on April 7.

"I learned with sorrow of the death today of Daniel Viflic," Hague said in a statement. "I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Daniel's family."

Hague reiterated his "utter abhorrence of the cowardly attack" which claimed the 16-year-old's life.

The attack was claimed by the military wing of the group and was the first time an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza had hit a civilian target in Israel, prompting Israel to vow a harsh response.

"The tragedy of his death is brought home all the more in that it occurs on the eve of Passover, normally a time of celebration for Jewish families all over the world," said the British politician.

© 2011 AFP

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