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Miliband: Israel attacks 'may recruit people to Hamas'

Ed Miliband has warned that the attacks on Gaza by the Israeli military may end up recruiting more people to militant group Hamas.

The Labour leader insisted he was a "friend of Israel" but argued that the action in Gaza "is doing no favours" to the Jewish state.

A mosque in Gaza lies in ruins after an Israeli strike. Credit: Fady Adwan/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

"This is, I'm afraid, a tragic loss of life which I fear is going to recruit more people to Hamas," Mr Miliband told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Another senior Labour figure, former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott, has said Israel's actions in Gaza amount to a "war crime".