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Egypt, Russia say Israel needs to stop Gaza attacks

CAIRO, EGYPT - APRIL 12: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) hold a joint press conference following the committee lateral meeting in Cairo, Egypt on April 12, 2021. ( Stringer - Anadolu Agency )
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) hold a joint press conference following the committee lateral meeting in Cairo, Egypt on April 12, 2021. [Stringer - Anadolu Agency]

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov agreed Thursday that Israel needs to stop attacks on the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reported.

In a phone call, the two top diplomats reiterated that Israel should stop the bloodshed, according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

Ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed 83 Palestinians and injured 487 others, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Tensions have been running high since an Israeli court last week ordered the eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

READ: In the battle for liberation, Gaza is closer to Jerusalem than Ramallah is

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