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Egypt urges world powers to help end Gaza bloodshed

Egypt condemns Israel's 'unjustifiable use of military force' and says that its efforts working towards a ceasefire have been met with 'obstinacy'

Ahram Online , Friday 11 Jul 2014
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Smoke rises from buildings following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike, as Palestinians search for victims under the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in another Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 11, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt on Friday condemned Israel's "irresponsible" escalation in Gaza, urging the international community to swiftly intervene as Israeli airstrikes continued for a fourth day. 

Egypt's foreign ministry said Cairo rejected Israel's excess use of military force and the collective punishment policy it is adopting against the Palestinians.

At least 90 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed, and more than 600 injured, since the beginning of the Israeli campaign in the coastal enclave on Tuesday, according to Palestine's health ministry figures.

"Egypt rejects Israel's irresponsible escalation in the occupied Palestinian lands amid its excess and unjustifiable use of military force and the subsequent bloodshed of innocent civilians," read a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry on Friday.

"This constitutes a perpetuation of the repression and collective punishment policies."

Cairo has called on Israel to exercise self-restraint, respect humanitarianism and abide, as an occupation force, by legal and ethical commitments to protect the lives of civilians, the statement added

Israeli leaders have approved the call-up of 40,000 reservists for a possible ground invasion, Israeli daily Haartez reported, while the Islamist movement Hamas, the dominant force in Gaza, has continued its rocket fire. No Israeli casualties have been reported as a result of the rockets.

Egypt urged swift intervention by the world powers to put a stop to the bloodshed, slamming on Friday the "obstinacy and stubbornness" its days-long efforts and contacts with involved parties, to urge an end to violence and the restoration of the 2012 ceasefire, have been met with.

It vowed the Palestinian issue will continue to top its foreign agenda, emphasising its "full backing" to the Palestinian people.

The recent violence is the deadliest since a 2012 ceasefire agreement, brokered by Egypt and the US, ended eight days of Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets.

As the violence in Gaza intensifies, Egypt on Thursday opened the Rafah border crossing to receive wounded Palestinians seeking treatment, with officials saying hospitals in North Sinai, which borders Gaza and Israel, placed on standby to receive the wounded.

US secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Egyptian counterpart and reached out to Qatar in a bid to get both states to use their influence to quell the fighting, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

The Israeli offensive followed a build-up in violence after three Israeli settlers were killed in the occupied West Bank last month and a Palestinian youth was killed in a suspected revenge attack in Jerusalem.

Israel says it has struck more than 860 targets in Gaza. Palestinian rocket fire escalated after Israeli forces arrested hundreds of Hamas activists in the West Bank while searching for the youths, whom Israel said were abducted and killed by Hamas.

 

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Sami
12-07-2014 08:15am
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Hamas / Iran is the problem while innocents pay the price
Hamas with the help of Iran are causing the innocents to die for nothing. All Hamas has to do is stop firing rockets into Israel.
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Jenny
31-07-2014 03:55pm
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hardly
Isreal needs to stop taking what doesn't belong to them. Ironic how a race who has bellyached about the Holocaust for so long can commit genocide against another race.
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Aladdin, Egypt
12-07-2014 06:33am
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Stop Suffering
Is that what the Holocaust people do to others? go after the snake head instead of those helpless people.
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Khofoo, Giza
12-07-2014 02:12am
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Israel & Gaza
Israel is obligated to rule Gaza as stated in the Peace Agreement with Egypt. LOL It is all Israel mistake. LOL
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sobia
11-07-2014 09:36pm
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Shameless & humanless
They are just shamless & humanless, don't call them human being or Egyptian or muslims.These are same people who shamlessly celebrating the killings of 1000s of egyptians in day light are now supporting Isreali aggression and bloodshed.Shame to Junta mindless and shamless junta supporters
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Allen
12-07-2014 09:49pm
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One of the useless gifts Egypt can do without
A Muslim brotherhood terrorists sheep, preaching humanity, morality, and shame. Really !!!!!! Did you have a nice day having your "day of rage riot"??? Or you are ranked higher among the brotherhood terrorists and primarily busy planting bombs.
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sanela
11-07-2014 07:15pm
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shame on...
This is my reply to Key s reply- Mayby you have not read my comment carrefully or I was not so clear. In fact, I agree with you. Palestinian problem is problem for all muslims (I wrote that), not only Arabs. But I believe that because you leave in the same region and you are all Arabs (Egyptians, Palestinians, Iraques, Syrians...)palestinian problem is more familiar to you than to me,muslim in Europe. Hamas should stop firing rockets on Israel because in IDF retaliation only Palestinians, childrens and civilians, are major victims. And of course Hamas should have good relation with Cairo and stop smuggling arms to Sinai. I was in Egypt and Tunisia, as a tourist. Arabs are friendly and I wish you all the best. As muslim, I am very touched and sorry for all of your problems. SELAM to all of you
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Key
12-07-2014 04:49am
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@sanela
We live in a connected world Sanela therefore this does not make you less familiar than someone closer to the "region". I'm actually geographically further from Egypt than you are to Egypt so that does not make me less familiar with 'Arab' events. I'm sorry you feel that the Palestinian problem is more of an Arab problem than your problem because you are in Europe or your are not Arab. The more people like you feel that way the more we will remain divided. Understand the history of Egypt and how many Egyptians died for the sake of Palestine (incomparable to any other country) before criticizing Egypt for seeking external help to save native Palestinians from these foreign illegal occupants.
Aladdin, Egypt
12-07-2014 02:11am
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LOL
Relgion has nothing to do with that. It is silly for anyone think this way. LOL
Allen
12-07-2014 12:46am
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Because you " leave" in the same region??
So you have taken refuge to Europe, and you are passing the buck to Muslims who live in the Middle East?? How noble of you. I can assure you no Jew living anywhere around the glob claims lack of knowledge no matter where they live. Your excuse is a very weak cop out . Just as weak as your spelling.
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medo
11-07-2014 05:50pm
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the real issue
What is happening in Gaza is terrible... no one can deny this... But we, here in Egypt have been having our own issue with Hamas. Just today we read that forces stopped 20 missiles being smuggled into Sinai, What are they trying to do.. drag us in further (we already have enough problems!) This is an issue for both sides to deal with... This fighting will not stop while Hamas keeps firing rockets.. and every day innocent people will die (just as in any war in the world) but is this not what Hamas wants?? Outcry from the world so we feel sorry for them? We should not be feeling sorry for Hamas.. but the innocent people being killed daily due to the actions of a few mindless souls.
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Anita
11-07-2014 05:15pm
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Do U know Israel`s power!
Israel means all World powers, be it Russia, or Western powers they are the same when it comes to Israel`s issue, so be cool, if Egypt or any other Arab/Muslim country crosses the red line, then every rifle would be changed in to religious conflict, and not only Gaza, but the word Arab/muslim would be changed in to history!!!
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Sam Enslow
11-07-2014 03:57pm
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Hamas
How about getting Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel? If Hamas was firing rockets into Sinai or causing other problems would Egypt just stand by because Hamas did not take steps to protect its civilian population? Rockets are being fired from civilian centers which makes them military targets. Hamas is not hitting, so far, major targets, but their intent is to kill as many civilians or anyone else as possible. That they have been "terrible shots" doesn't lessen their intent. Egypt has long been a friend of the Palestinians and Egypt has problems with Hamas and The Brotherhood. It stands to reason the sworn enemy of Hamas might have even greater problems with them.
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Sanela
11-07-2014 03:11pm
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shame
Why do Egypt "urged" world powers? First, you, Arabs should help Palestinians. I am strongly against Hamas and other terrorist groups but present events in Gaza is war against civilians. I am deeply sorry for Palestinians, but Israel, USA and western countries could do whatever they want because Arabs and muslims are devided. We,muslims should blame ourselves for Palestine, Syria,Iraq...and terror against muslims in countries such as Burma and Sri Lanka
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Khaled
11-07-2014 09:58pm
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Mubarak
No one says you go to war with Israel ( and can't , you only kill your own people) but you should not stand side with Israel.Egyptian rulers fully are fully supporting Israel blockade of Gaza since Mubarak rule and rulers are being paid by Israel for this support.
Sam Enslow
11-07-2014 06:49pm
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Mubarak
Remember the last war in Lebanon. All Arab states said Egypt shoud wage war with Israel. Mubarak said no, but he offered free passage to all Arab armies. No one took up the offer. It seems war with Israel means,"Egyptians, you go die."
Key
11-07-2014 05:34pm
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Shame on Moslems not just Arabs
What do you mean by you Arabs? It's all of a sudden an Arab priority and other Moslem countries take second priority in helping Palistinians? Every single Moslem is as responsible as the other to help Palestine. Additionally and historically speaking Egyptians exerted the most effort trying to help and die for their Moslem brothers so what have you done compared to what Egypt has done? Egypt has called on Moslems in previous wars with Israel to help Palistine and no response especially from the far east. So now you expect Egypt to ask Moslems? Also if other countries really cared i don't believe this has to come as a request period
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Amourah idris
11-07-2014 01:56pm
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Mixing Religion with Politics
If Hamas claim Islamic rule--that I doubt- it shows how bad the mix. Grow up people. Namas is nothing more than Iran's poppet and illegal smugglers of drugs.
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