Egypt protests Israeli escalation in Gaza

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Saturday August 20, 2011 01:43 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News

The Egyptian government and population have challenged the Israeli response to a Palestinian attack on Thursday, which has involved bombardment of different areas of the Gaza Strip and a full lockdown of the borders.

Map of Israel, Palestinian Territories and border area with Egypt (from Israel MFA)
Map of Israel, Palestinian Territories and border area with Egypt (from Israel MFA)

Egypt lodged an official protest demanding an investigation of the killing of three Egyptian border guards by the Israeli military during Israeli operations that followed a Palestinian attack on an Israeli bus.

An Egyptian official told the MENA News Agency, “Egypt has demanded an urgent probe into the circumstances of the deaths and injuries of Egyptian forces’ members inside our borders.”

Although the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak claimed that the bus attackers entered Israel from Egypt in order to carry out the attack, Egyptian officials denied the charge, claiming that their hold on the border is secure.

Following the attack on the Israeli bus, Egyptian border officials shut down the Rafah border, the only crossing point for Gazans to leave or enter the besieged coastal strip.

Also on Friday, dozens of Egyptian protesters gathered outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo, demanding an end to the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Protesters chanted, “Close the embassy! Expel the ambassador!”, and some of the protesters burned an Israeli flag. They challenged the Israeli bombardment of Gaza that continued through Thursday night and Friday, following the attack against Israeli soldiers and civilians on Thursday afternoon.


Killed by Israeli Occupation 2011

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all?

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