North Korea: Israel caused bloodshed in Gaza

North Korean state media today accused Israel of causing bloodshed in Gaza, taking a side for the first time in the military clashes between the Islamist group Hamas and Israel.

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North Korean state media today accused Israel of causing bloodshed in Gaza, taking a side for the first time in the military clashes between the Islamist group Hamas and Israel.

The Rodong Xinmun, which expresses the positions of the ruling Workers' Party, released a short article on the conflict and casualties, citing foreign media.

"The international community maintains that this conflict was the result of Israel's ongoing criminal actions against the Palestinian people and that the fundamental way out of it is to establish an independent Palestinian state," the paper said.

The violence, which has killed more than 1.500 people, prompted statements of support for Israel from around the world and calls for an end to the fighting and the protection of civilians after the deadly attack by Hamas over the weekend.

Hamas has threatened to kill an Israeli hostage whenever Israel bombs a Palestinian home without warning, amid fears of a ground attack by Israel, which has mobilized an unprecedented 300.000 reservists and imposed a blockade on Gaza.

North Korea's state media often takes a stand against the views of the West, especially the US, on international issues.

Yesterday, state media condemned "hostile forces inside and outside Syria" for a recent drone strike that caused heavy casualties in the country, citing a terrorist attempt to topple the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Source: RES-EAP