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Turkey urges Israel to show restraint in Gaza

April 11, 2011 10:36 P.M. (Updated: April 11, 2011 10:38 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Turkey is "deeply concerned" with the escalation in the Gaza Strip, its consulate in Jerusalem said Monday as a fragile ceasefire appeared to take hold.

"We strongly condemn Israel’s disproportionate and indiscriminate retaliatory attacks, which led to the death and injury of civilians in Gaza," a statement from the consulate said.

"While the bitter memories of Israel’s attacks against the Gaza Strip are still fresh in the minds of the international community, the region should not be caught up in another spiral of violence.

"In this regard, we stress once more that it is necessary to immediately halt violence and to act with common sense and restraint," the statement concluded.
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