NEW YORK: Protesters demanding an end to aggression by the Zionist forces against Palestine march in the street in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday in New York City. – AFP

PARIS: Calls grew yesterday for a de-escalation of violence after intense hostilities between Zionist forces and the Palestinians that have left at least 50 dead and hundreds injured. The occupation army has launched hundreds of air strikes on the Gaza Strip since Monday, while Palestinian militants have launched rockets in some of the worst violence in seven years. Calls for calm emerged from around the world, here is a roundup of reactions:

Russia, Turkey
President Vladimir Putin yesterday urged Zionist entity and the Palestinians to halt fighting in a call with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said the world needs to give the Zionist entity a “strong” lesson. “Serious concern was expressed about the continuing clashes and the growing number of people killed and wounded,” the Kremlin said in a statement. It added that Putin had “called on the parties to de-escalate tensions and peacefully resolve the emerging issues”.

Britain
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday urged Zionist entity and the Palestinians to “step back from the brink”, calling for both sides to “show restraint”. “The UK is deeply concerned by the growing violence and civilian casualties and we want to see an urgent de-escalation of tensions,” he said on Twitter.

EU
European Union chief Charles Michel called on occupation forces and Palestinians to halt fighting and avoid civilian casualties, after speaking with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “Very worried by the recent upsurge of violence and indiscriminate targeting. Priority should be de-escalation and prevention of the loss of innocent civilian lives on both sides,” European Council President Michel said on Twitter yesterday.

ICC
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court voiced concern at the escalation of violence between Zionist forces and the Palestinians and said “crimes” may have been committed. “I note with great concern the escalation of violence in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as well as in and around Gaza, and the possible commission of crimes under the Rome Statute,” which founded the ICC, Fatou Bensouda said on Twitter yesterday.

United States
The United States urged both Zionist entity and the Palestinians to avoid “deeply lamentable” civilian deaths, calling for “calm” after days of violence. “We don’t want to see provocations. The provocations we have seen have resulted in a deeply lamentable loss of life,” he said. “We continue to call for calm, continue to call on all sides to de-escalate and to exercise restraint in their actions.” – AFP