Arab world protests against Israeli attacks
Leaders of Jordan, Egypt held an emergency meeting in Cairo to condemn Israel's expanding assault on Lebanon.india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 09:27 IST
Protesters took to the streets by the thousands across the Arab world, and the leaders of Jordan and Egypt held an emergency meeting in Cairo to condemn Israel's expanding assault on Lebanon -- the worst Israeli attack on its neighbour in 24 years.
Jordan's King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak -- leaders of moderate, US-backed Arab regimes and the only countries in the region to sign peace treaties with Israel -- condemned the Israeli incursions into the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, which have killed 86 Palestinians in Gaza and 73 people in Lebanon, many of them civilians.
They issued a joint statement demanding "an immediate halt on attacking civilians and vital infrastructure," saying such attacks breach international humanitarian conventions, and called for restraint on all sides.
Nearly 5,000 people rallied nearby at Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque, the most prominent institution in the Sunni Arab world, chanting anti-Israel slogans and carrying banners that read "No to Israel" and "Hey Arab leaders, you should be united."
In Amman, more than 2,000 demonstrators gathered at a mosque after Friday prayers, shouting "Zionists get out, get out!" and "Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan are one people!"
The speaker of Jordan's lower house of parliament, Abdul-Hadi Majali, called on the international community to oppose Israel's actions, decrying them as a "flagrant defiance" of international law, the official Petra news agency reported.