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Hamas 'bears principal responsibility' for Gaza crisis: UK

Published on Nov 15, 2012 7:41 PM

LONDON (AFP) - British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday that Hamas "bears principal responsibility" for the current crisis in Gaza, saying it should cease attacks against Israel immediately.

He also strongly urged Israel to do its "utmost" to reduce tensions, avoid civilian casualties and help create the conditions for peace, warning: "It is imperative to avoid the risk of a spiral of violence."