Bildt appeals for end to Gaza-Israel violence
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has expressed concern about the escalating violence in Gaza and Israel. “We need to appeal to both sides to cease all attacks both against and from Gaza as soon as possible,” Bildt told Radio Sweden on Thursday.
He added that he fears further escalation and a violent turn.
“Conflicts in these parts of the world have a tendency to spin out of control,” he said referring to the unstable situation in the wider region.
Bildt, who is currently in Cairo for the EU-Arab League ministerial meeting, said he does not believe that the current Gaza-Israel conflict will affect the situation in Syria. However, he also added that it is hard to make detailed judgments at this point.
The United Nations held an overnight crisis meeting to discuss the Israel and Gaza violence and US President Barack Obama discussed the situation with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Egypt’s president Muhammad Mursi.
Three Iraelis were reported killed today in rocket attacks from Gaza.
Fifteen Palestinians, mainly militants but also children, have been killed in the Israeli operation.