Kansas Senator Reacts to Gaza Violence

By: 13 News/AP
By: 13 News/AP

A Kansas Senator is among those speaking out tonight the situation in the Middle East.

People in a Gaza neighborhood are confirming Israel's claims Hamas militants opened fire from the cover of a U.N. school. Israeli forces fired back with mortars. Three dozen Palestinians were killed.

Meantime, the presidents of Egypt and France have proposed a plan to bring the main parties together to end 12 days of fighting that's claimed nearly 600 lives. It would protect Gaza's borders and re-open crossings.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, commented on the violence Tuesday, saying the people of Gaza "have only the terrorist organization Hamas to blame for the current hostilities."

"The issue is Israel's right to self-defense," Roberts said. "Only Hamas can end this conflict by stopping the daily barrage of rocket fire into Israel. Any ceasefire must be based on conditions that allow Israelis to live without the fear of daily attacks. That message should be clear both to Hamas and their sponsor, Iran."

Roberts is a former chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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