AMMAN — Jordan on Thursday “strongly” condemned the Israeli attacks on Gaza as His Majesty King Abdullah and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi discussed the “dangerous developments” in the strip.

King Abdullah and Morsi stressed the need to use all means and diplomatic channels to push leading countries to bring to an end the Israeli aggression on Gaza and any further escalation and serve the interests of the Palestinian people, a Royal Court statement said.

Also Thursday, Government Spokesperson Samih Maaytah said Jordan condemns the Israeli attacks, warning that Israel’s “aggressive” policy will drive the region into a cycle of violence and instability, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Maaytah said further escalation will hinder the efforts to reach lasting peace in the Middle East.

He added that the Israeli measures are depriving Palestinians of their national and political rights, especially in establishing an independent Palestinian state.

At least 15 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip this week, Reuters reported on Thursday. Rockets fired from the strip killed three Israelis.

Meanwhile, the King’s talks over the telephone with Morsi also covered economic cooperation and means to increase coordination on regional issues.

Morsi congratulated His Majesty on the occasion of the new Hijri year.