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Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:14PM
Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli air raid in Gaza City on November 17, 2012.

Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli air raid in Gaza City on November 17, 2012.

Leaders of Muslim nations in the Middle East have begun to take a stand on the relentless Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip on behalf of the people of Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a statement from the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Jordan’s King Abdullah II also instructed the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization to “send urgent humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people in Gaza who are facing suffering and difficult living conditions due to Israeli attacks.” Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called on Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Hamas’ Leader Khaled Mashaal to gather in Cairo for a four-way meeting on Gaza. Morsi is set to meet Erdogan in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the Israeli regime’s deadly assault on the besieged Gaza Strip. The Turkish Prime Minister says he wants Israel to be held accountable for its crimes against the innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. On Wednesday, the Israeli military launched a series of new air and sea attacks, dubbed “Operation Pillar of Cloud” against Gazans. The Israeli offensive has so far left scores injured and 42 Palestinians dead. The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured. PG/HGH
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