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Spain joins calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

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Spain joins calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire
A man leads his displaced family to a UN school in Beit Lahia during fleeing heavy fighting during an Israeli offensive on Monday. Photo: Marco Longari/AFP
13:01 CEST+02:00
Spain's foreign minister on Monday joined international calls for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the wake of an emergency United Nations meeting on the crisis.

Israel had a right to defend itself but needed proportionately and within the bounds of international law, foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo said after the emergency summit.

That summit saw the UN Security Council call for an immediate ceasefire on the Gaza Strip, a message that Margallo echoed during a joint press conference with UN Assembly President John William Ashe, Spanish daily El Diario reported.

The Spanish foreign minster also said the parties involved had to work towards  "the two-state solution" for the Israel–Palestine conflict by building a "safe Israel" and a "viable Palestine".

Margallo's comments come after the bloodiest day of the current crisis, with 120 Palestinians reportedly killed on Sunday, bringing the total death to over 500. 

A fresh air strike on Monday morning killed a family of nine, including seven children, after a weekend of incessant shelling by land, sea and air sent thousands of terrified civilians fleeing their homes.

A man was also killed in a strike on a motorbike, taking the Palestinian death toll to 502 as the Israeli offensive entered its 14th day, medics said.

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