Sat, Nov 17, 2012 - Page 1 News List

Cairo vows not to leave Gaza Strip on its own

ESCALATING:While Israel yesterday massed tanks and called up reserves, Egyptian leaders branded its assault as blatant aggression against humanity that has to stop

AFP and AP, CAIRO, Gaza City and Geneva

“The high commissioner has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel,” Pillay’s spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva.

“She is also extremely concerned by the sharp increase in aerial attacks by Israeli forces on the heavily populated Gaza Strip in the past two days,” he added.

Pillay placed equal emphasis on the need for both sides involved in the conflict to “pull back from the increasingly dangerous confrontation,” the commissioner’s spokesman said.

In a reference to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s appeal on Wednesday for Israel to ease tensions with Gaza militants, while also condemning the rocket attacks, Colville said that Pillay “joins with the secretary-general and many others to take serious steps to avoid further escalation.”

“We are urging both sides to stop,” he said, adding that civilians were being killed on both sides, including several Palestinian children, a baby and reportedly a pregnant woman.

“Everyone is watching and praying that it does not escalate any further,” Colville said.

This story has been viewed 1076 times.
TOP top