Iran condemns Israeli attacks as EU countries call for Gaza ceasefire

"The raids agains innocent people are unforgiveable and unacceptable," said Iranian Foreign ministry spokesman.

Iran condemns Israeli attacks as EU countries call for Gaza ceasefire

"Iran strongly condemns the Zionist regime's (Israel) wide-ranging attacks against the civilians in Gaza," said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi, quoted by state television.

"The raids agains innocent people are unforgiveable and unacceptable."

"Moscow deems it necessary to stop large scale military action against Gaza, which had already led to big casualties and suffering among civilian Palestinian population. At the same time we call on Hamas leadership to stop shelling Israeli territory," said Russian foreign ministry statement.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded an immediate stop to the Israeli bombings in Gaza and calls for all parties to use restraint, said presidency statement.

Britain also said that the only way to achieve lasting peace in Gaza is through peaceful means. "Whilst we understand the Israeli government's obligation to protect its population we urge maximum restraint to avoid further civilian casualties," British foreign office statement.

"We also call on miltants in the Gaza Strip to immediately cease all rocket attacks on Israel."

Meanwhile Israel ally- United States said that "Hamas' continued rocket attacks into Israel must cease if the violence is to stop. Hamas must end its terrorist activities if it wishes to play a role in the future of the Palestinian people.

"The United States urges Israel to avoid civilian casualties as it targets Hamas in Gaza."

Reuters
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