Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country will back Egyptian efforts to put an end to the Israeli aggression in the besieged Gaza Strip. In a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Friday, Putin said Russia planned to support Cairo's efforts directed at normalizing the situation in the Palestinian territory, the Kremlin said in a statement.
The remarks come after Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil visited the Gaza Strip on Friday, where he urged the world leaders to stop Tel Aviv’s attacks.Qandil promised to intensify Egypt’s efforts to “stop this aggression and achieve a lasting truce." On Thursday, President Morsi also condemned the Israeli aggression as "unacceptable" and warned it could lead to instability in the region. Some 25 people have been killed and more than 250 others injured in the new wave of attacks since November 14. The Israeli regime frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured. MAM/HMV