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RP joins calls for Gaza truce

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:59:00 01/07/2009

Filed Under: Gaza conflict, Foreign affairs & international relations

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has joined mounting international calls for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, which has been gripped by fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas militants since last week.

Asked if Malacañang was supporting calls for a ceasefire by member-states of the United Nations Security Council, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said: “Definitely.”

“We are together with the UN and all parties involved in calling for a stop to the violence they inflict on each other so that peace can be attained. There must be a stop to violence,” Ermita told reporters in the Palace.

The government estimates that there are around 100 Filipinos in the Gaza strip. Efforts to evacuate those who want to leave have been stalled by continuous Israeli air strikes.

The United States, which has veto powers as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has opposed a ceasefire in Gaza, saying Israeli forces were targeting terrorist Hamas elements.

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