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