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MOFA calls for cease-fire in the Middle East

MOFA calls for cease-fire in the Middle East

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday called for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and urged the two sides to settle the dispute through negotations.
Although the ministry maintained a cautionary yellow-level travel alert for the Gaza Strip and the parts of Israel in its vicinity, it advised Taiwanese nationals to avoid traveling to the affected areas for the time being.
In addition, the MOFA urged Taiwanese nationals bound for or already in the area to exercise caution and invited them to call the emergency assistance line (at 0544-275-204) at the ministry's representative office in Israel, if they ran into trouble.
The ministry had not received any reports of Taiwanese casualties or property losses as of Tuesday.
The MOFA has a three-tiered travel warning. Yellow advises travelers to be cautious, orange suggests trips to be postponed, and red advises against traveling to the trouble spot altogether.
Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with air strikes since Saturday, less than a week after the expiry of a six-month-long cease-fire deal with Hamas, in response to rocket attacks launched by the Islamic group that began the same day.
Israeli military officials have said they intend to break either Hamas's capacity or its will to fire rockets into Israeli territory.
(By Jian Chen)




Updated : 2021-06-15 03:21 GMT+08:00