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Civilian casualties in the Occupied Territories

Foreign Office Minister, Mike O'Brien said:

'I was deeply concerned to hear reports of the fatal shooting, apparently by the Israel Defence Forces, of two nurses from the Al Wafa Hospital in Gaza City early this morning. The deaths of all innocent civilians are deplorable but all of us feel the particular tragedy of nursing staff being killed. I call on the Israeli authorities to do everything within their power to prevent further deaths of civilians.

'I was equally concerned by reports of the death yesterday of a 65 year old woman in a house demolished by the Israel Defence Forces. Such demolitions increase tension on the ground and fuel the cycle of violence.

The security both Israelis and Palestinians deserve can only be achieved through a negotiated peace. I urge both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to take immediate steps to resume the political process required to reach that goal.'