EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana speaks to the media during a visit to a Palestinian security forces training facility in the West Bank town of Jericho Nov. 13, 2007.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
BRUSSELS, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- European Union top
diplomat Javier Solana urged on Tuesday parties concerned in the Middle East to
stop the cycle of violence.
"The casualties resulting from today's events in Gaza
as well as in a nearby farming community across the border with Israel" and
continued firing to Israel were a stark reminder of the urgent need to advance
on the path to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict set
out in Annapolis, he said in a statement posted on the European Council's
"I call on all concerned to exercise restraint and to
stop the cycle of violence which will only feed new atrocities and lead to
further suffering by the people in the region."
Two more Palestinian militants were killed on Tuesday
evening in an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun,
raising the Palestinian death toll to 19 since early hours of Tuesday, reports
Meanwhile, militants of al-Qassam brigades, the
Islamic Hamas movement's armed wing, fired on Tuesday evening four homemade
Qassam rockets at southern Israeli town of Sderout.