CAIRO, Nov 17, 2012 (AFP) -
CAIRO, Nov 17, 2012 (AFP) –
Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo Saturday are expected to demand that Israel immediately halt its campaign in Gaza, and to discuss sending a delegation of ministers there, an Arab diplomat told AFP.
The pan-Arab body announced on Wednesday its decision to hold emergency talks in response to Israeli air strikes in Gaza, which have killed 40 Gazans and wounded more than 350.
The Arab diplomats “will seek an immediate end to the Israeli aggression and stress their full support for the Gaza Strip,” the diplomat said.
They will also consider sending a delegation headed by Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and other foreign ministers into Gaza “to stress support for the Palestinian people.”
“The final statement will stress the importance of (Palestinian) national reconciliation as a pressing matter in the face of the aggression,” the diplomat said.
The ministers will also “stress their support for Egyptian efforts to achieve a long-term truce between Israel and the Palestinian factions in Gaza.”
Israel’s harshest Gaza operation in four years began on Wednesday and was followed by fresh Israeli air strikes, as Palestinian militants inside Gaza responded with rocket fire.
Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 10 Palestinians and destroyed the Hamas government headquarters on Saturday as the Jewish state called up thousands more reservists for a possible ground war.