Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil called the Israeli offensive a "disaster" during a visit to Gaza on Friday. Reports of violence continued despite an Israeli pledge to suspend strikes if militants also halted attacks during Kandil’s visit.Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil arrived in Gaza for a brief visit to express “solidarity” with the Hamas leadership of the Palestinian territory on Friday amid an escalating crisis.
The Israeli assault on Gaza, in retaliation for rocket attacks by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, has angered Egypt and stoked tensions across the Arab world.
Egypt President Mohammed Morsi on Friday called Israel’s attacks on Gaza “a blatant attack on humanity,” according to Egyptian news agency MENA.
“Egypt will not leave Gaza on its own,” he added.
And in a further sign that “Arab Spring” countries were putting their weight behind the Palestinian cause, Tunisia on Friday announced that Foreign Minster Rafik Abdessalem would visit Gaza on Saturday.
In a statement announcing the visit, the Tunisian presidency denounced Israeli “aggression”.