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Hamas: Egyptian PM to visit Gaza Friday
Published Thursday 15/11/2012 (updated) 16/11/2012 19:44
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An Egyptian holds flags of Egypt and Palestine during a protest against
Israel's ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip, in front of the Arab
League offices in Cairo Nov. 15, 2012. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel will visit the embattled Gaza Strip on Friday, the spokesman of the Gaza government said on Thursday.

Israel broke an Egyptian-mediated truce on Wednesday when it assassinated a top Hamas military commander, launching an operation that has killed 15 Palestinians and injured 150 more.

Gaza government spokesman Taher al-Nunu told Ma'an the Egyptian leadership had notified Hamas that Qandeel would accompany several ministers to Gaza on Friday.

Al-Nunu welcomed the visit and applauded Egypt's "brave" position towards the Israeli operation.

A security source told Reuters that Egypt's intelligence chief, General Mohamed Rafaat Shehata, would be among those visiting the strip. Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said the minister of health and some of President Mohammad Mursi's assistants would accompany the prime minister.

Mursi condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as unacceptable on Thursday, in his harshest public criticism of Egypt's neighbor since taking office in June.

Mursi was propelled to power by the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent group of Gaza rulers Hamas.

The head of the Brotherhood, the country's most organized group, called for nationwide protests to support the people of Gaza. Demonstrations were also planned for Friday.

Dozens of youths protested in front of the Arab League headquarters in Cairo and burned Israeli flags, chanting: "We will not give in, no matter how much the brutality grows". Protesters in the port city of Alexandria also burned Israel flags.

In a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama, Mursi said he discussed "ways to reach calm and end the aggression".

He said he told Obama of "how keen we are (to maintain) relations with the United States but also our absolute rejection of this aggression and the spilling of blood and the blockade of Palestinians".

He said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had promised to relay his demand for an end to the violence to the Israelis.
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1 ) Amira / Canada
16/11/2012 00:48
this is the time to delete the so-call peace treaty.

2 ) ian / australia
16/11/2012 02:56
"...he told Obama of "how keen we are (to maintain) relations with the United States but also our absolute rejection of this aggression and the spilling of blood and the blockade of Palestinians".' Why is it that leaders characterised in the West as hysterical extremists (like the Muslim Brotherhood) often seem so rational, intelligent and moral? It's a conundrum.

3 ) carlos / USA
16/11/2012 03:30
I wish Mursi had supported Gaza before it came to this.

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
16/11/2012 03:56
@ 2), No ... unlike the correct applicability of your question here regarding Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi (who, despite his Muslim Brotherhood connections/other "reservations" still knows the value of upholding our peace treaty with Egypt), your same question, posted in comments 6) in "Hezbollah: Arabs must use oil, political pressure, to help Gaza" regarding Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah, is totally different (because he still believes all of Israel is better off dead than alive. (cont.)

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
16/11/2012 04:13
At any rate, Mursi is right to be angry and appalled as hell at what we've done: Killing the truce that Egypt spent so much time arranging. Egypt is right for withdrawing its ambassador from us at this time. We've made a shambles and mockery of its devoted diplomatic efforts. It would be the height of folly for Egypt to help us again. Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel and other Egyptian officials have every right and reason to enter Gaza. If they feel betrayed, they're damn RIGHT.

6 ) Mark / USA
16/11/2012 05:35
Better wear a helmet

7 ) L.A. / USA
16/11/2012 08:22
"can't we all just get along"

8 ) Israeli on business / US
16/11/2012 08:23
I agree. The peace treaty with Egypt (and probably with Jordan/Palestine) should be cancelled. Egyptian people need to be liberated from the current and future oppression by Moslem extremists. Israeli Army was 101 km from Cairo in 1973 when Egypt sued for peace. We should be closer in 2012 -13 before Egyptians capitulate again. As to Gaza, push the human debris into Sinai and resettle Israelis into Gaza. As to Jordan/Palestine: make King the offer he won't refuse...absorb West Bank into Kingdom!

9 ) ian / australia
18/11/2012 01:55
#8 "As to Gaza, push the human debris into Sinai and resettle Israelis into Gaza." The "human debris", as you charmingly put it, could also stay and either secede from Palestine or become part of Egypt, depending on what they want. "As to Jordan/Palestine: make King the offer he won't refuse...absorb West Bank into Kingdom!" If you mean the WHOLE West Bank, including the Old City and Haram al-Sharif/HaKotel etc...that could work too, again, if it's what the people want.
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