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UK’s Cameron warns fighting in Gaza must stop ‘right now’

Cameron said: “We are calling for a stop to the fighting right now. We think that what we need is a pause in the fighting and the hostages to come out and aid to go in. That should happen straight away.”

“Then what we need to do is turn that pause into a permanent, sustainable cease-fire,” he added.

The foreign secretary, a former prime minister who was brought back into frontline politics last year, reiterated the U.K.’s call for a longer-term settlement in the Middle East, saying that would require Hamas’ leaders to leave Gaza, the dismantling of the “machinery of terrorism,” and a “proper horizon for the Palestinian people, a new Palestinian government.”

“But let’s make that happen, let’s have the stop to the fighting now, have that hostage release and then build on it from here,” Cameron said. “That’s what we need to happen rather than an offensive in Rafah.”

Cameron’s comments come as pressure from the U.S. over Rafah mounts ahead of a U.N. Security Council meeting.

A resolution proposed by the United States calls for a cease-fire “as soon as practicable,” the Associated Press reported, and says a ground invasion “should not proceed under current circumstances.” It reportedly warns against the further displacement of civilians.

But the United States’ proposed resolution comes after it rejected a separate Arab-backed demand for an immediate cease-fire.

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