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Britain, Germany call for ‘permanent ceasefire’ in Gaza

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron and German counterpart Annalena Baerbock said there is an “urgent need” for a “permanent ceasefire” in Gaza.

In a joint article for Britain’s Sunday Times, the two ministers wrote that “too many civilians have been killed” in the conflict, and stepped up pressure on Israel to bring its campaign against Hamas to a swift, but “sustainable” end. News agency AFP.

He wrote, “We must make every effort to pave the way for a permanent ceasefire, leading to lasting peace. The sooner this happens, the better – it is urgently needed.”

The pair added that they “do not believe that calling now for a general and immediate ceasefire, expecting it to somehow become permanent, is the way forward.

According to AFP, he said, “This ignores why Israel is forced to defend itself: Hamas brutally attacked Israel and still fires rockets to kill Israeli civilians every day. Hamas You have to lay down your weapons.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the United Nations General Assembly had demanded a ceasefire in Gaza with an overwhelming majority, but Britain did not join it.

Israel, which is facing increasing scrutiny from its allies, is under increasing pressure over its military actions in Gaza. Key backer the United States has criticized Israel’s response to the October 7 attacks, calling the bombing “indiscriminate”, AFP reports.

Responding to questions about the British government’s change in tone, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden on Sunday urged Israel to exercise restraint.

“Israel is dealing with a very difficult situation,” he said on the BBC’s “Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg” show.

“If you’re going after an enemy that is literally hiding under hospitals, hiding among the civilian population, you’re going to suffer high levels of civilian casualties.

“What we are saying as the UK government is Israel, you need to exercise restraint,” he said.

According to Israeli officials, the war began when Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taking about 240 hostage.

Israel launched an offensive on Gaza, which is ruled by the group, vowing to destroy Hamas and bring the hostages home.

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