France sees failure in Gaza truce efforts, fears more civilian casualties

by Reuters
Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:04 GMT

JERUSALEM, July 19 (Reuters) - France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday that attempts to reach a ceasefire in Israel's 12-day confict with Gaza militants had failed.

Fabius, who flew to Israel after talks in Egypt and Jordan, told reporters after meeting with Netanyahu:

"Sadly I can say that the call for a ceasefire has not been heard, and on the contrary, there's a risk of more civilian casualties that worries us."

(Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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