Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Relations Josep Borrell called for an end to violence in the Middle East.
"We want an immediate end to violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories. The priority is to protect civilians," he said.
Calling for restraint on both sides, Borrell stressed that the Palestinian territories are under occupation.
Borrell said the EU was "appalled" by the deaths and injuries of many civilians, including children.
Borrell said he had met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, expressing regret for those who lost their lives and saying, "Every effort must be made to alleviate the situation. The status quo of holy places must be respected," he said.