Germany seeks Muslim influence to end rocket fire

Germany's foreign minister urged on Saturday Muslim nations to use their influence to help secure an end to Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. A Foreign Ministry statement Saturday said that Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke with his Turkish counterpart before a meeting in Saudi Arabia of ministers from the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference. It said that he called for the OIC to exert its influence to secure an end to Hamas rocket fire - which he viewed as the only way to clear the path for a cease-fire after a week of air strikes by Israel on Gaza aimed at Hamas. The Foreign Ministry said Steinmeier again advocated a "humanitarian cease-fire" that would make it easier to get supplies to Gaza's civilians and open the way for diplomacy.