Australia calls for an end to the violence in the Gaza strip as the death toll rises amid fears of war
- Marise Payne urged for end to Gaza strip violence as death toll continues to rise
- More than 100 people have died in violence between Israelis and Palestinians
- Payne called on all global leaders to ‘take immediate steps to halt the violence’
Australia’s foreign minister has urged for an end to the violence in the Gaza Strip as the death toll rises amid fears of war.
More than 100 people have been killed in the worst violence between Israelis and Palestinians in several years.
Marise Payne said the government was deeply concerned about escalating violence in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.
More than 65 people in Gaza and seven people in Israel have been killed in cross-boarder rocket exchanges as violence continues (pictured: rocket launched towards Isarel from Gaza)
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne (pictured) has urged for end to Gaza strip violence as death toll continues to rise
‘We’ve unequivocally called on all leaders to take immediate steps to halt violence, to maintain restraint, and to restore calm,’ Senator Payne said at a press briefing in Washington on Friday.
After days of violence the Israel Defense Forces have escalated international concern by tweeting: ‘IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip’.
The minister spoke alongside her US counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
‘Our strong view is that violence is no solution,’ Senator Payne said.
Palestinian civil defense teams take part in rescue works to pull out a body from rubble of a building belonging to a Palestinian family after Israeli fighter jet airstrikes in Gaza (pictured)
Israel Defense Forces escalated international concern by tweeting they’re ‘attacking the Gaza strip’ (pictured: Israeli forces detain group of Arab-Israelis in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod)
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also called for peace as violence continues ont eh Gaza Strip (pictured: Israeli firefighter battles a field fire after a rocket launched from Gaza strip struck)
‘Whether they are rocket attacks or indiscriminate acts that fuel the cycle of violence and bloodshed, they are also never justified.
‘We have urged all parties to refrain from violent or provocative acts, calling for a halt to any actions that increase tensions.’
She said Australia would play an active role if discussions were held by the United Nations, which fears the situation could explode into full-scale war.
Attacks flared up after Israeli forces tried to forcibly evict Palestinians from their homes in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah and stormed the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday restated the government’s policy of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, describing Australia as an agent for peace.
He urged Australians with ties to the conflict to act with tolerance and respect.
‘By all means, people can have concerns and views, and there is a tolerance for that, but at the same time we do not want to import the troubles of other parts of the world into this country,’ he said.
Payne said Australia would play an active role if UN held a discussion (pictured: Israeli forces stand guard during clashes between Israeli far-right extremists and Arab-Israelis)