The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

Tunisia's top diplomat slams Israel on Gaza visit


GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The world must stop Israel's "blatant aggression" in Gaza, Tunisia's foreign minister said in Gaza City on Saturday, as Israel's military continued to pounded the strip.

Mr Rafik Abdessalem, the second top-level diplomat to travel to Gaza in as many days, made the remarks as Hamas was locked in an escalating confrontation with the Israeli military.

"Our message to the international community is that this blatant Israeli aggression on our people in Gaza must stop," he told AFP as he visited the ruins of the Hamas government headquarters flattened overnight in an Israeli strike.

His trip came a day after Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil paid a solidarity visit to Gaza and had his photograph taken in front of the government building with his Hamas counterpart, Mr Ismail Haniya.