New York - The work for an urgent meeting of the Board of the Arab League have opened on Sunday in Cairo, at the level of permanent delegates, with the objective of discussing the "impact of the current situation following the continued Israeli aggression against Gaza", the Maghreb Arab press news agency reported on Sunday.
New York – The work for an urgent meeting of the Board of the Arab League have opened on Sunday in Cairo, at the level of permanent delegates, with the objective of discussing the “impact of the current situation following the continued Israeli aggression against Gaza”, the Maghreb Arab press news agency reported on Sunday.
In a statement to the press shortly before the meeting, the deputy secretary general of the Arab League, Mohamed Sbih said that Arab countries will discuss, at the meeting, the decision to take the advice of the UN Security to ensure international recognition of Palestinian State.
He went on to say that the purpose of the meeting is to “garner Arab support to the Palestinian Authority in front of the extremism and terrorism of Israel, urging the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in this regard”.
According to a memorandum presented to the Arab League, the Palestinian leadership wants a “condemnation of the Israeli crimes that resulted in a number of deaths and injuries among the Palestinians.”
“The State of Palestine aspires to see the meeting of Arab States adopt efficient mechanisms to stop the aggression against Gaza,” the memorandum included.
In this regard, the Palestinian National Authority called on Arab states to act at the political and media levels with a view to putting pressure on Israel to stop its aggression against the Gaza Strip.
On Thursday an Egyptian army officer and two security personnel were killed by Israeli strikes during a raid on Palestinian militants along the Israeli Egyptian borders.
This incident was condemned by former Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa who said to Reuters “Israel must realize that the day when Egypt’s sons are killed without an appropriate and strong reaction are over.”
The ruling Military Council said in a statement that “Egypt… demands an urgent investigation into the reasons and circumstances surrounding the deaths”.
Following these incidents, Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel until notification of the results of the investigation by the Israeli authorities.
Thousands of Egyptians have been demonstrating in front the Israeli embassy since the attack on Egyptian security forces last Thursday, demanding the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and proper reactions from the government.
Editing by Ahmad Azizi