The Quartet needs...to work together with the Arab League representatives and work out solutions together...to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks." Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei LavrovMoscow has called on the Arab League and the Middle East Quartet comprising Russia, the European Union (EU), UN, and US, to work together to end frequent Israeli aggressions against the Palestinians. "The Quartet needs...to work together with the Arab League representatives and work out solutions together...to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
Lavrov made the remarks after at least one Palestinian was killed and seven others were injured by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip despite an Egypt-mediated ceasefire agreement between the two sides on Wednesday.Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli attacks on Gaza that were carried out during the eight-day period starting November 14. In retaliation, the Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis. The Russian minister had also on November 15 lashed out at the Middle East Quartet for its failure to establish peace in the region. Israel frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed and injured. The attacks rage on while Israel keeps up its crippling blockade on Gaza, which it imposed on the enclave in 2007. MAM/HMV/SS