Hague: Hamas to blame for escalating tension in Gaza and Israel
Hague is probably not the sort of conservative I agree with often, but here I see him as correct.
Palestinian Islamist group Hamas “bears principal responsibility” for escalating tension in Gaza and southern Israel, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.
In a statement, Mr Hague said he deeply regretted “the loss of civilian life on both sides”.
But he added: “I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups.”
Three people were killed when rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.
Israel killed Hamas’ military chief in Gaza on Wednesday.
Rocket attacks from Gaza create “an intolerable situation for Israeli civilians in southern Israel, who have the right to live without fear of attack” and “also risk worsening the plight of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, which is already precarious”, he said.