Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014
World
 

Israel security does not justify 'slaughter of civilians': France

Published on Aug 4, 2014 6:03 PM
 
A Palestinian man reacts as he carries the body of a girl from the Abu Nejim family, whom medics said was killed along with other eight family members by an Israeli air strike, before her burial at a cemetery in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, Aug 4, 2014. Israel's right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday, as he called for a political solution to be "imposed" by the international community. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Israel's right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, as he called for a political solution to be "imposed" by the international community.

"How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?" Mr Fabius said in a statement.

"The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israel's right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians."

The statement comes amid global outrage over an Israeli strike next to a UN school where ten people were killed, among them civilians who had been seeking refuge from the violence.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos