UK: Hamas blamed for Middle East crisis

Hamas bears "principal responsibility" for the escalating crisis between Gaza and Israel, Downing Street has said. Number 10 also called rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas "completely unacceptable". It said Prime Minister David Cameron was "extremely concerned" by the escalation in violence.

Number 10 said Mr Cameron spoke to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone to discuss the situation following Israel's assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the Hamas military chief, in a drone strike on his car on Wednesday. (continue reading...)