Douglas Alexander MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary, responding to events in Gaza, said:
“The priority must be an immediate end to the violence to avoid a spiral downwards to even greater suffering. Escalating tension serves no one’s interest.
“Citizens in both Israel and Gaza deserve to live in peace and security.
“The recent rocket attacks into southern Israel that have led to this latest response deserve our categorical condemnation but Israel must at all times act in accordance with international law.
“This latest escalation of violence only emphasises why it is vital that negotiations to achieve a political solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict must resume with urgency.”