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Gaza, Israel 'dangerously close' to new conflict: EU

AFP  |  Brussels 

and are "dangerously close" to a new conflict after a flare-up of violence in recent days, the warned today, adding that an urgent "de-escalation" was needed to keep civilians from further risk.

"The rocket fire from towards communities in as well as other violent actions and provocations against by and other Palestinian militants are totally unacceptable," an EU added in a statement.

The EU warning comes amid heightened tensions, a day after a deadly flare-up between the and the territory's Islamist rulers

launched extensive air strikes on in retaliation for the launching of more than 180 rockets and mortar rounds by and its allies on Wednesday night.

An unofficial ceasefire agreement between the two foes came into effect around midnight on Friday, (2100 GMT) yesterday.

The EU statement added: "While having the right to defend itself, Israel is expected to continue to exercise restraint and do everything to avoid civilian casualties in Gaza. The death of a pregnant Palestinian mother and her child in this latest escalation is a tragic loss.

"The reiterates its full support to the efforts by and the UN to reduce tensions and to alleviate the situation in Gaza, including by enhancing the international response to the current crisis and easing movement and access.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 00:45 IST