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Arab League decries Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

On Sunday, Israeli warplanes struck several targets in the Gaza Strip following a rocket fire into southern Israel

23.08.2016
Arab League decries Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

By Mustafa Abu Harun

CAIRO

The Arab League on Tuesday condemned recent Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Speaking to reporters in Cairo, Ahmed ben Heli, the league’s deputy secretary-general, termed the Israeli raids “provocative” as they coincided with the 47th anniversary of an arson attack on East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“This shows the Israeli mentality and arrogance in the face of international law and peace initiatives,” he said.

On Sunday, Israeli warplanes struck several targets in the Gaza Strip following a rocket fire into southern Israel.

In July and August of 2014, Israel waged a weeks-long military offensive against the Gaza Strip with the ostensible aim of staunching rocket fire from the coastal enclave.

Over 2,160 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed -- and some 11,000 injured -- during the 51-day onslaught. Some 73 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed in the offensive.

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