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Hollande calls for action on Gaza 'massacres'

A Palestinian walks on the rubble of his family apartment in a building which was destroyed after it was hit by an Israeli strikes in Beit Lahiya, the northern Gaza Strip August 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

LIEGE, Belgium: French President Francois Hollande called for action Monday to put an end to massacres in Gaza, where more than 1,867 Palestinians have died in Israeli attacks against Hamas.

"When I see what is happening with the Christians in Iraq, the minorities in Syria, massacres every day. What is happening too in Gaza, massacres ... We have to act," Hollande said as he attended ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Europe had to take a hard look at what was happening across the Mediterranean Sea where "terrorism, violence could increase and spread," he warned.

Earlier Monday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Israel's right to security did not justify its actions in Gaza and called for a political solution to be "imposed" by the international community.

"How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?" Fabius said in a statement.

The French comments come amid global outrage over an Israeli strike next to a U.N. school where ten people were killed, among them civilians who had been seeking refuge from the violence.

 

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