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Malaysia, Egypt call for help to end Gaza violence

Published on Nov 17, 2012 12:20 PM
 
Masked Palestinian youths throw stones as they clash with Israeli security forces in the West Bank village of al-Khader, near Bethlehem, on Nov 15, 2012. Malaysia and Egypt have agreed to ask "international power brokers" to help stop escalating violence in the Middle East. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia and Egypt have agreed to ask "international power brokers" to help stop escalating violence in the Middle East.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement from his office that Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi called him late on Friday to discuss the latest Israeli air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza.

"Both countries agreed to ask international power brokers to influence Israel to stop its military aggression towards the Palestinian people," said the statement issued after the 15-minute call.

"They also urged Hamas to refrain from action that will escalate the conflict into a bigger confrontation," it added. Mr Najib also said Malaysia was "deeply concerned" over the crisis and was ready to help "in any way possible".

 
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