Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has condemned the recent wave of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip as a "blatant aggression against humanity."
"Egypt will not leave Gaza on its own... What is happening is a blatant aggression against humanity," he said after Friday prayers at a Cairo mosque.
“I tell them (Israelis) in the name of all the Egyptian people that the Egypt of today is not the Egypt of yesterday and that the Arabs of today are different than the Arabs of yesterday,” Morsi noted.
Morsi sent Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to Gaza on Friday, where he vowed to intensify efforts to secure a truce and end Israel's aggression against the besieged Palestinian enclave.
"Egypt will not hesitate to intensify its efforts and make sacrifices to stop this aggression and achieve a lasting truce," he said.
The new wave of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has claimed at least 25 lives since November 14. Ahmed al-Ja'abari, the popular and influential head of the Hamas military wing, the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was assassinated in an Israeli attack on his car on Wednesday.
The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law disproportionate, force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured.
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.