Thursday, November 15, 2012

Egyptians Rally in Cairo to Condemn Israeli Attacks on Gaza

Egyptians rally in Cairo to condemn Israeli attacks on Gaza

Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:13PM GMT

Hundreds of Egyptians have demonstrated in Cairo to protest the recent wave of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, calling on President Mohamed Morsi to cut all ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

Waving Egyptian and Palestinian flags, the demonstrators gathered outside the Arab League headquarters on Thursday to voice their anger over the deadly air and ground attacks, which have been targeting the coastal sliver since Wednesday and have so far killed at least 21 people.

Reports say that angry protesters burned Israeli flags.

"I'm calling on all the Arabs to take serious action and to start those actions by cutting off all relations with Israel and I'm calling on the Egyptians and the Egyptian president to rethink on Egypt's treaty with Israel (the Camp David Accords), this shameful treaty," said a protester Khadiga Al Kholy during the rally.

According to a Press TV correspondent in Cairo, millions of Egyptians will take to the streets across the country on Friday to call for the suspension of ties with Israel.

The deadly strikes have also prompted Morsi to summon the Israeli envoy to Cairo and to recall the Egyptian ambassador to Tel Aviv.

The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured.

The attacks rage on while Israel keeps up its crippling blockade on Gaza, which it imposed on the enclave in 2007.

In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel. The country was compelled to agree to supply gas to Israel as one of the main economic conditions of the US-sponsored peace deal.

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