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UPDATED: 09:16, July 24, 2006
Jordan, Egypt call for immediate ceasefire in Lebanon
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Jordanian King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak called on Sunday for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah guerillas, the Jordanian official Petra news agency reported.

Abdullah received a telephone call on Sunday from Mubarak, during which the two leaders reviewed developments in Lebanon in light of the continuation of the Israeli military aggression, said the report.

Abdullah underscored the importance of crystalizing a unified Arab position and called for an immediate ceasefire to end the suffering of the Lebanese people, Petra said.

The two leaders agreed to continue coordination and consultations in order to find a peaceful solution to the current crisis while urging Arab countries to activate cooperation to confront challenges facing the region, according to the report.

Israel launched a massive offensive in Lebanon on July 12 following the abduction of two Israeli soldiers by Lebanese Hezbollah in border clashes which also killed eight others.

The Shiite group responded by firing hundreds of rockets into cities and towns in northern Israel from southern Lebanon while Israel escalated bombardments on targets across Lebanon.

About 300 Lebanese, most of them civilians, and 37 Israelis including 17 civilians have been killed during the four-week-old confrontations.

Source: Xinhua

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