The violence has to stop as quickly as possible. We continue to call on Hamas to stop its rocket attacks on Israel. We also urge Israel to de-escalate the situation. We need an agreed ceasefire as soon as possible, and we stand strongly behind the Egyptian efforts to achieve this. The people of Gaza deserve a better future.
During my visit yesterday [to the West Bank] I also heard about the situation in the West Bank, where I am deeply concerned about the clashes between Palestinian protestors and the IDF.
– Alistair Burt MP, Foreign Office Minister
Only a lasting and comprehensive peace settlement in the region will put an end to the unsustainable situation in both Gaza and the West Bank.