Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

The Philippines has called for the de-escalation of the ongoing conflict at the Gaza strip that has so far claimed the lives of 56 people

“The Philippines expresses serious concern over the recent escalation of violence in parts of Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in recent days,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.

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“The Philippines urges all parties to exercise restraint and seek dialogue to de-escalate tensions and avoid further actions that could affect future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” the DFA added.

The death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip has risen to 56, including 14 children, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

A ministry statement said five women were among the victims, while a total of 335 people were injured.

Tensions have been running high since last week after an Israeli court ordered the eviction of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community. SOVEREIGNPH

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