EU seeks ceasefire in Gaza

More than 140 deaths in fierce fighting.
Member states face UN vote on Palestine's status

The European Union has launched a united call for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to prevent the conflict in Gaza from escalating into an all-out war. Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, and a number of national leaders have expressed “deep concern” at the fighting, which has so far cost the lives of 140 Palestinians and five Israelis since Israel killed a Palestinian militant leader last Wednesday (14 November). EU foreign ministers called for a ceasefire when they met on Monday (19 November). 

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