The EU's foreign policy chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, has condemned the latest escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel reported today, and called for both sides to "refrain from escalating the situation."
Baroness Ashton reiterated her support for a two-state solution and the ongoing peace efforts by Egypt.
I am very concerned by the latest escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel. I condemn the firing of rockets and mortars into Israel, and call on both sides to refrain from exacerbating the situation.
Further regrettable loss of life and injury must be avoided. I support the mediation efforts by Egypt and reiterate that there is no place for violence in the Middle East. It is only through resumed negotiations that the legitimate aspirations of both Palestinians and Israelis will be met, through a two-state solution.