Egyptian president calls to stop Israeli aggression on Gaza
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi stressed Thursday the necessity of stopping Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, Xinhua reported quoting official news agency MENA.
At a meeting to discuss the repercussions of the Israeli military operation in Gaza, Morsi said Egypt does not accept under any circumstances the continuation of the assaults and threats on Gaza.
"We are standing by the Palestinians to prevent this aggression on the Gaza strip," Morsi said.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) declared Wednesday evening the commencement of "Operation Pillar of Defense" in the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip, starting with the targeted killing of Hamas military wing chief Ahmed al-Jaabari and a series of air strikes.
Morsi said he called U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday and revealed Egypt's objection to the Israeli operation. "I called U.S. President Barack Obama and discussed with him the ways to achieve peace in the region," the president said.
On Wednesday, Morsi decided to withdraw the Egyptian ambassador to Israel, while the Israeli ambassador to Egypt went back to his homeland with a letter from the Egyptian foreign ministry to the Israeli authorities refusing the Israeli operation against Gaza.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr also called his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton late Wednesday, discussing with her the latest conflict between Israel and Gaza.
"The foreign minister warned during his call of the conflict's repercussions on the Gaza Strip, and stressed Egypt's demand of an urgent stoppage to the Israeli aggression, calling for the American side to use what it has to communicate with the Israeli side, in order to put an end to the aggression," a statement issued by the foreign ministry said Thursday.
At least 15 Palestinians were killed and 120 wounded in the latest wave of Israeli attacks on Gaza, according to the Hamas authority in Gaza.