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Egypt hits out over Israeli 'mass punishment' in Gaza

Published on Jul 11, 2014 3:48 PM
 
A picture taken from the southern Israeli-Gaza border shows a fire ball following an Israeli air strike on Gaza City, on July 11, 2014. Egypt hit out at Israel on Friday for killing civilians in Gaza with "oppressive policies of mass punishment", while urging the international community to act quickly to end the conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt hit out at Israel on Friday for killing civilians in Gaza with "oppressive policies of mass punishment", while urging the international community to act quickly to end the conflict.

Israel's aerial military campaign targeting rocket-firing Islamist militants in Gaza has killed around 95 Palestinians and wounded more than 500 since it was launched early Tuesday.

"Egypt rejects the irresponsible Israeli escalation in the occupied Palestinian territory, which comes in the form of excessive and unnecessary use of military force leading to the death of innocent civilians," the foreign ministry said.

"This represents a continuation of the oppressive policies of mass punishment."

 
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