France condemns Israel land offensive in Gaza

PARIS (Reuters) – France condemned Israel’s move to send ground forces into the Gaza Strip on Saturday as well as continued Hamas rocket attacks and urged both Israel and the Palestinian group to accept cease-fire proposals.

“France condemns the Israeli ground offensive against Gaza as it condemns the continuation of rocket firing,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“This dangerous military escalation complicates efforts by the international community and in particular the European Union and France, the members of the Quartet and the states in the region to end the fighting, bring immediate aid to civilians and reach a permanent cease-fire,” the statement said.

(Writing by James Mackenzie; editing by Elizabeth Piper)

Sat Jan 3, 2009 9:22pm GMT

Source: Reuters

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