Palestinian children inspect a house which witnesses said was damaged in an Israeli strike, in the central Gaza Strip December 25, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Arabi condemned Tuesday's attack by Israel on the Gaza Strip, holding the Israeli government accountable for a "dangerous escalation that signifies a breach for the ceasefire" signed in 2012.
In an official statement, El-Arabi described Tuesday's act as a "crime" that would restrict international efforts to push Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations forward.
El-Arabi called on the United States and the international community to "urgently intervene" to halt the aggression and end the Israeli siege on the Strip.
The head of the pan-Arab organisation also made reference to assaults against Palestinians in the West Bank, the demolition of homes, continuation of Israel's settlement construction, continuous storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli settlers, and arrests and assassinations of Palestinian activists.
Israel blamed Gaza ruling Islamist movement Hamas for "any fire directed from there at the Jewish state" amid increasing cross-border exchanges between the movement and Israel in recent days.
According to AFP, a three-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in an Israeli raid on the Gaza Strip after the fatal shooting Tuesday of an Israeli near the Gaza border.