Spain joins calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire

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.

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

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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