Angered Arabi says Israel must commit to calm

[ 09/04/2011 – 07:55 AM ]

CAIRO, (PIC)– Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi called for an urgent meeting on Friday evening, that included his aides and Arab diplomats, to discuss developments in the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Israeli aggression culminated that day in the killing of five Palestinians and the injury of more than 30 others after raids were carried out against several civilian targets and structures. Medical crews were some of those targets. Israel has threatened to continue the escalation using various means.

The Egyptian foreign minister requested the said meeting as he was angered over what was happening in Gaza, Egyptian diplomats told the Palestinian Information Center. He had also contacted several foreign ministers from other Arab countries.

Arabi expressed worry over the recent escalation on the Strip and said that Egypt strongly condemned the Israeli air strikes and missiles fired at several sites there.

He also said that Egypt had exerted great efforts to stop the escalation between the Palestinians and the Israelis ”before the situation worsens”.

”We hope everyone will commit to the calm for the sake of the safety and security of their citizens,” he said.

Earlier at noon, more than 2,000 Egyptians gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo demanding an exit of the ambassador and closure of the embassy.

Hundreds had prior to that burned Israeli flags in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. Pro-Palestinians marched there and demanded an end to the Israeli siege on Gaza, an opening of the Rafah border crossing and that Palestine tops the Egyptian list of foreign priorities.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Brotherhood group in Egypt has called on Arab and Muslim governments to address and put an end to the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

Statements expected to be issued by the Arab world and the international community condemning the attacks ”are no longer enough to stop the bloodshed of people innocent and besieged for years,” said Dr. Moussa Mursi, the group’s media spokesman.

He called for financial and military support of the Palestinian resistance fighters, also appealing to de facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to respond quickly ”without limitation or condition” to reconciliation efforts, which are mong the prime targets in the current Israeli onslaught.




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