The Straits Times
Published on Nov 18, 2012

Israel Gaza raids kill 15, Arabs urge policy review


GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Israeli air strikes killed 15 Palestinians in Gaza on Saturday, prompting the Arab League to announce a visit to the battered enclave and a review of its Middle East peace policy.

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi told reporters in Cairo his government was in "vigorous" communication with both Israel and the Palestinians.

"There are some indications that there could be a ceasefire soon," Morsi told a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, adding that there were still "no guarantees." Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal was also in Cairo for talks, a senior Hamas official said.

Medics said 45 Gazans had been killed and more than 450 injured since Israel launched its air campaign on Wednesday, with at least eight militants among the 15 people killed on Saturday alone.