21st Mar 2018

EU 'deplores' Israeli killing of civilians

  • The fighting is the most serious escalation since the 'Eight-Day War' in 2012 (Photo: Israeli Air Force)

EU countries have urged Palestinian militants to stop firing at Israel, while “deploring” Israel’s killing of civilians.

They said in a statement on Tuesday (8 July) the EU “strongly condemns the indiscriminate fire into Israel” from the Gaza strip, while adding it “deplores the growing number of civilian casualties, reportedly among them children, caused by Israeli retaliatory fire”.

Thank you for reading EUobserver!

Subscribe now for a 30 day free trial.

  1. €150 per year
  2. or €15 per month
  3. Cancel anytime

EUobserver is an independent, not-for-profit news organization that publishes daily news reports, analysis, and investigations from Brussels and the EU member states. We are an indispensable news source for anyone who wants to know what is going on in the EU.

We are mainly funded by advertising and subscription revenues. As advertising revenues are falling fast, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism.

For group, corporate or student subscriptions, please contact us. See also our full Terms of Use.

If you already have an account click here to login.

The words did nothing to calm the situation.

The Israeli army said on Wednesday morning the intensity of the fighting is increasing. It reported that a barrage of 45 projectiles was fired in less than 60 minutes at one point during the night, while the Israeli air force struck 160 targets in Gaza.

The firing out of Gaza has not killed any one so far. But Palestinian authorities say Israel killed 31 people in Gaza in the past 24 hours. They say “the vast majority” are civilians and that two of them are children under five years old.

Israel on Tuesday also said it is preparing a ground attack on Gaza if need be, recalling events in 2009, when a ground incursion led to the death of some 1,500 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.

“If we need to go inside in a ground operation, then we will do it”, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel’s security minister, said on TV.

For its part, the US on Tuesday urged both sides to “de-escalate”.

A US State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, added that Palestinian “terrorists” are “deliberately targeting” Israeli civilians.

“No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians, and we certainly support Israel’s right to defend itself".

Israel and Palestinian authorities were in peace talks less than three months ago.

But the talks unravelled amid Palestinian complaints Israel is building more settlements than ever.

The situation deteriorated after the murder of three Jewish teenagers in June. Israel blamed Hamas, a Palestinian faction which holds sway in Gaza, and launched a crackdown on Hamas members in the West Bank which saw more than 400 people arrested and five Palestinians shot dead.

A Palestinian boy was also murdered in Jerusalem in what Israeli police are treating as a Jewish revenge killing.

For his part, Xavier Abu Eid, an advisor to the Palestinian authorities in the West Bank, told EUobserver from Ramallah on Wednesday that his government “does not justify any violent attack” on Israel.

But he said Israel “escalated the situation” by its crackdown on Hamas despite the fact it did not put forward “any evidence” Hamas had killed the three Jewish boys.

He noted that Israel, as the “occupying power” in Gaza, has a legal responsibility to protect civilians and urged EU states to “stop treating Israel as a country above the law”.

The Israeli foreign ministry could not be reached for comment on Wednesday morning.


Time for EU to put real pressure on Israel

As Israel launches Gaza ground offensive, a former Sakharov laureate calls for EU countries to impose real pressure on Israel to end 47 years of occupation.

US yet to push on Nord Stream 2 sanctions

Washington would still like to block a planned gas pipeline between Russia and Germany but is not yet considering hitting companies involved in the project.

EU mulls coercion to get refugee kids' fingerprints

EU policy and law makers are ironing out final details of a legislative reform on collecting the fingerprints of asylum seekers and refugees, known as Eurodac. The latest plan includes possibly using coercion against minors, which one MEP calls "violence".

US yet to push on Nord Stream 2 sanctions

Washington would still like to block a planned gas pipeline between Russia and Germany but is not yet considering hitting companies involved in the project.

News in Brief

  1. EU leaders expected to approve Brexit future talks guidelines
  2. Tusk: EU must 'continue to engage' with US on trade
  3. European elections set for 23-26 May 2019
  4. EU tries to find common candidate for top UN food job
  5. Facebook post triggers Norway no-confidence vote
  6. Merkel: 'no reason' to sanction Schroeder for Russia support
  7. MEPs and Council strike deal on posted workers' rights
  8. EU parliament to investigate Facebook data 'breach'

Stakeholders' Highlights

  1. EUobserverHiring - Sales Associate With 2+ Years Experience - Apply Now!
  2. EUobserverHiring - Finance Officer With Accounting Degree or Experience - Apply Now!
  3. ECR GroupAn Opportunity to Help Shape a Better Future for Europe
  4. Counter BalanceControversial Turkish Azerbaijani Gas Pipeline Gets Major EU Loan
  5. World VisionSyria’s Children ‘At Risk of Never Fully Recovering', New Study Finds
  6. Macedonian Human Rights MovementMeets with US Congress Member to Denounce Anti-Macedonian Name Negotiations
  7. Martens CentreEuropean Defence Union: Time to Aim High?
  8. UNESDAWatch UNESDA’s President Toast Its 60th Anniversary Year
  9. AJC Transatlantic InstituteAJC Condemns MEP Ana Gomes’s Anti-Semitic Remark, Calls for Disciplinary Action
  10. EPSUEU Commissioners Deny 9.8 Million Workers Legal Minimum Standards on Information Rights
  11. ACCAAppropriate Risk Management is Crucial for Effective Strategic Leadership
  12. EPSUWill the Circular Economy be an Economy With no Workers?