British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the anti-tank missile attack on a childrens' school bus in the Negev, calling it a "despicable" and "cowardly" act.

“I unreservedly condemn today’s attack from Gaza on a bus carrying school children in southern Israel. The initial reports we have received suggest the bus was deliberately targeted and that a 16-year-old boy has been critically injured," Hague said.

"This is a despicable and cowardly act that stands in stark contrast to people’s desire for peaceful reform across the region.  Violence will never deliver peace," Hague continued.

"I reiterate that Hamas must halt these strikes immediately, and rein in other militant factions in Gaza. This attack further highlights Israel’s legitimate security concerns. As I have made clear, Israel has every right to protect its people."

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