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ROME: Italy condemns the escalation of violence in Gaza and is “deeply concerned” by reports of casualties among Palestinian civilians, the Italian foreign ministry said.

The ministry said it “strongly condemns the launching of rockets into the territory of Israel and reiterates Israel’s right to ensure the safety of its citizens”, and “urges all parties to exercise restraint in preventing an escalation of hostilities, which would cause further loss and suffering”. among civilians.

“This new wave of violence once again confirms the need to relaunch diplomatic efforts to achieve a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” an official statement added.

“The situation escalates badly and may have unintended consequences: it’s just something we don’t want to see in a global situation, which is already full of tension due to the war in Ukraine and the China-Taiwan contest. This is why we believe that all diplomatic efforts should be made in the Middle East,” a diplomatic source in the prime minister’s office told Arab News.

The Italian Parliament is also concerned about the escalation in Gaza. Members of the foreign affairs committees of both chambers will meet in Rome on Tuesday to discuss the situation in a joint meeting.

“We are following with great concern what is happening on the border with the Gaza Strip. We must absolutely avoid the prospect of an escalation in the confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians on the border with the Gaza Strip,” Stefania Craxi, senator of the Forza Italia party and chair of the Foreign and International Affairs Committee, told Arab News. of the Italian Senate.

Craxi urged all parties to “work hard in order to foster a structured dialogue between the two parties”.

The Middle East, she said, “craves peace, and no one can ever believe that conflict is inevitable. We must all think that the longer all this goes on, the more all these tensions risk seriously destabilizing the entire Mediterranean area. This would certainly have repercussions on a global level at a time when all geopolitical balances seem to be redefining themselves.

Piero Fassino, a Democratic Party deputy who chairs the Foreign and International Affairs Committee of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, told Arab News: “It is more necessary than ever to do everything in our power to prevent a further conflict. wide, which would affect civilians. on both sides and cause more casualties and greater suffering.