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Egypt PM Says Gaza Is 'A Disaster'


November 16, 2012 - JERUSALEM, Nov. 16 (
UPI) -- Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said Friday he witnessed "a disaster" in Gaza after Israeli attacks against rocket-firing militants.

The Israeli military attacked at least 130 targets and militants returned fire with 11 rockets launched from Gaza, the BBC reported.

At least 20 Palestinians and three Israelis have died since Israel began its offensive Wednesday.

The Israeli army began drafting 16,000 reservists after the government authorized the call-up of 30,000 troops.

Qandil visited the Council of Ministers building and a hospital in the city of Gaza, the BBC said

"What I am witnessing in Gaza is a disaster and I can't keep quiet. The Israeli aggression must stop," he said.

Qandil, who met with members of Hamas, which has governed Gaza since 2007, said Egypt would "spare no effort" to try to broker a cease-fire.

"Egypt is not planning to get the Palestinians to escalate; we are supporting them, but we don't want them to escalate," one official told Ahram Online. "On the contrary, we want a truce as soon as possible."

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