Israeli attack on aid ships draws condemnation in Egypt (2)

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Egyptian protestors shout anti-Israel slogans in a rally in Cairo, capital of Egypt, May 31, 2010, after Israeli commandos attacked an aid flotilla carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists, killing at least 19 people in the predawn raid. (Xinhua/Nasser Nouri)

In statements aired by the Cairo-based Nile News TV, Ahmed Fathi Sorour, the speaker of Egypt's People's Assembly (lower house of parliament), described the attack as one of a series of international crimes committed by Israel.

"What has been committed by Israel is an international crime by all means... it (Israel) trod all the international norms and values and looks down upon all other countries of the world because if the world was strong it could have deterred Israel from indulging in this international criminality," Sorour said.

The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) strongly condemned the Israeli attack and called on the international community to move as quickly as possible to stop what it described as Israeli acts of terrorism that cause unrest in the region.

"The AL secretary general has called for an urgent meeting that will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) take the suitable action," AL Deputy Secretary General Ahmed bin Helli said in televised statements.

Around 4,000 Egyptians gathered in the Egyptian city of Fayyoum, south of Cairo, urging the Arab leaders to take firm stance against Israel, the Doha-based al-Jazeera TV said.

Dozens of political activists and opposition figures staged a demonstration in downtown Cairo urging the Arab countries to sever ties with Israel.

The protestors, who gathered before the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, called on the government to oust the Israeli ambassador in Cairo.

Source: Xinhua

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