Mursi says Egypt will "never leave Gaza on its own"
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 01:16
Nov. 16 - President Mohamed Mursi called on Israel to stop its attacks on Gaza as thousands of Egyptians gathered to show their solidarity with the Palestinians. Deborah Gembara reports.
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In Egypt --- protests against Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. Thousands gathered at the Azhar mosque as a show of solidarity with Palestinians.
It was a sentiment reinforced by President Mohamed Mursi
SOUNDBITE: Egyptian President, Mohammed Mursi, Saying (Arabic):
"The people of Egypt will never leave Gaza on its own. And that in the face of this aggression today, we say to the aggressors, we can never achieve peace through aggression."
Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected president since Hosni Mubarak, was more assertive than his predecessor --- warning Israel in stark terms to stop what he called a "horrific aggression"
Egypt underscored its support for Gaza, by sending truckloads of medical personnel and supplies across the border.
So far, over two dozen Palestinians have been killed in several days of attacks, with 3 Israelis killed on Thursday.
On Friday, Israeli police said a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the Jerusalem area -- the first Palestinian rocket since 1970 to reach the vicinity of the holy city.
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