Hamas is responsible for the outbreak of violence with Israel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, and she has called on Cairo to convince Hamas to end hostilities, AFP reports.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, November 15. (photo credit: AP/Michael Sohn)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, November 15. (photo credit: AP/Michael Sohn)

“The federal chancellor calls on the Egyptian government to use its influence on Hamas to push it towards a moderation of the violence,” Merkel’s deputy spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters.

“There is no justification for firing rockets on Israel which are causing massive suffering to the Israeli population,” Streiter added.

Merkel has joined several other Western countries, including the US, in condemning the Palestinian group.

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