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Hague: End cowardly Israel attacks

The death of a 16-year-old Israeli whose school bus was hit by a Hamas missile 10 days ago highlights the need for an end to such "cowardly" attacks on civilians, William Hague has said.

Daniel Viflic suffered serious head wounds and had been in hospital since an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza strip hit the vehicle, also injuring the driver.

In response to the attack on the bus, Israel mounted the heaviest assault on Hamas targets in Gaza in two years, with one civilian reported to be among five dead.

Mr Hague said: "Daniel was just 16. The tragedy of his death is brought home all the more in that it occurs on the eve of Passover, normally a time of celebration for Jewish families all over the world.

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Daniel's family. And I reiterate my utter abhorrence of the cowardly attack which cost him his life, and my call for an end to all such attacks on innocent civilians".

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