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The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday called on Israel to ensure
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Saturday called on Israel to ensure the safety of a RIA Novosti correspondent and his family in the Gaza Strip.

The ministry said in a statement that the journalist's house had come under fire, directly threatening his life and that of his family.

"We call on the Israeli authorities to do everything necessary to provide for the safety of the Russian correspondent and his family, as well as all the other media representatives located in the Gaza Strip in connection with the necessity of carrying out their professional duties," the statement said.

More than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched a major military offensive in Gaza on December 27 in a bid to put an end to rocket attacks on Israeli territories from the Hamas-controlled enclave.

The Israeli government is expected to consider later Saturday calling a 10-day unilateral ceasefire, a move that has already been dismissed by a Hamas representative in Lebanon.

Last August, Alexander Klimchuk, a photographer working as a stringer for RIA Novosti, was killed while covering the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia.


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