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SA condemns Middle East violence

The comments by Pretoria come as tensions continue to mount in the region.

A missile is launched by an “Iron Dome” battery, a short-range missile defence system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on 11 July, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA & ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - The South African government has called on both Israel and Palestine to show restraint.

The comments come as tensions continue to mount in the region.

Government called on all sides to stop responding with violence.

The Israeli Defence Force has been conducting airstrikes in Gaza in response to rocket fire from Palestine.

The latest figures indicate as many as 100 Palestinians have been killed while Israel has warned of a possible ground invasion.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela says government is concerned at the killing of Palestinian civilians and the bombardments which led to the destruction of homes in Gaza.

He says government is also worried about the increasing number of rockets being fired at Israel from Gaza.

Moscow has meanwhile called for a speedy end to the armed confrontation and Washington says it is ready to facilitate a ceasefire.

At the latest count, the death toll in Gaza stood at 100 people, including 22 children.

The World Health Organisation called on the international community to send financial aid to the Palestinian Authority to prevent a humanitarian crisis, with concerns that there are only 10 days of fuel reserves left for Gaza hospitals.

Aid organisations are warning that health supplies are also on the brink of collapse and power cuts are now common.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that Gaza cannot afford another full-blown war.

But the situation looks set to worsen as the head of the Israeli army warned Palestinians they made a huge mistake by attacking Israel.

Further, there's growing concern that the violence could spill over into the West Bank where the situation is already tense following the killing of three Jewish and one Arab teenager.