The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 16, 2012
 

Merkel: Egypt must use Hamas influence to calm Gaza tension

 
 

BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday called on Cairo to use its influence on Hamas to ease tensions in the Gaza Strip as Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil visited the violence-wracked area.

"The federal chancellor calls on the Egyptian government to use its influence on Hamas to push it towards a moderation of the violence," Dr Merkel's deputy spokesman Georg Streiter told a regular government news conference.