Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the recent situation in the Gaza Strip
1. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the recent escalation of violence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
2. Japan strongly condemns rocket attacks by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip against Israel, and is deeply concerned about the situation in which the Israel Air Force strike has caused civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip.
3. Japan urges both Israel and Palestinian militants to exercise maximum restraint and prevent the further escalation of violence and civilian casualties.
4. Japan is convinced that the issues of Middle East peace can never be solved through violence but only through negotiations and efforts to build mutual trust among parties to the conflict. Japan calls for all the parties concerned to make the utmost efforts to that end.