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The government needs to send a much clearer message to Israel that its actions in Gaza are unacceptable and unjustifiable

In a statement on the situation in Gaza, Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Labour Party, said:

"The government needs to send a much clearer message to Israel that its actions in Gaza are unacceptable and unjustifiable.

"Hamas is a terrorist organisation and I utterly condemn their rocket attacks on Israel and the murder of Israeli soldiers, but that cannot excuse the scale of the loss of life of innocent Palestinian civilians, including children, that we are seeing.

"The government needs to send a message to both sides that these actions are wrong and that there needs to be an immediate ceasefire and a long-term solution to this tragic conflict."

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