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France urges Israel to use ‘proportionate’ force over Gaza

The use of force by Israel must be “proportionate” in response to rockets fired by the Hamas terror group following several nights of violence in Jerusalem, a French minister says.

“Quite clearly, we call for a proportionate use of force by the Israeli authorities,” deputy foreign minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne tells French lawmakers.

France will “continue to work” to ensure a political solution to the crisis and the underlying Palestinian conflict, he adds.

French Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne at the National Assembly in Paris, May 12, 2020 (Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool via AP)

“These events show that a political solution is needed, and with regards to this we will never take a backseat,” he says.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian adds in a statement that “all participants must demonstrate the utmost restraint and avoid all provocations or incitement to hate, in order to end the violence whose primary victims are the Palestinian and Israeli populations.”

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