Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Killing of Civilians in Israeli Artillery Fire

June 12, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan expresses its regret for the killing and wounding of many Palestinian civilians in the northern Gaza area. Japan extends condolences to the victims and to the bereaved families and offers sincere sympathy to those injured as a result of artillery fire by the Israeli Defense Forces.
  2. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the further deterioration of the situation that could be triggered by this incident. Japan calls on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to exercise utmost self-restraint in dealing with this situation.

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