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Cam's 'grave concern' over Gaza

Cam's 'grave concern' over Gaza
David Cameron has spoken to Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi this afternoon to discuss the worsening situation in Gaza.

Downing Street said the two leaders had shared their “grave concerns” about the increasing tensions and violence in the region.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: "President Mursi shared the Prime Minister's grave concerns about the civilian casualties in Gaza and Israel and about the danger of a downward spiral of violence that would lead to further instability in the region. They agreed that the priority must be to de-escalate the crisis and that Britain and Egypt should continue to urge both sides to take steps to reduce tensions."

Rockets from the Palestinian area are reported to have landed near Jerusalem and Tel Aviv today, while Israel suspended its strikes on militant rocket bases today during the visit of the Egyptian Prime Minister.

The Israeli government authorised the call-up of 30,000 army reservists, with speculation growing about a possible ground invasion.

But William Hague tried to warn Israel against launching a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, suggesting the country would lose international support over the conflict.

The Foreign Secretary said the "principal responsibility" for the violence lies with Hamas militants, and called on them to prevent any more rocket attacks on southern Israel. But he also urged Israel to take steps to de-escalate the crisis, and said there were "cautionary lessons" for the country from previous ground missions.

Meanwhile there was another row in the UK after the Chief Rabbi today told the BBC that Israel's air strikes in Gaza were 'to do with Iran'. But the Corporation apologised to Jonathan Sacks for airing his remarks when he was unaware he was live on Radio 4.

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