Arab League denounces Israeli 'war crimes'

2014-07-15 11:05
A general view of a meeting at the Arab League in Cairo. (Khaled Desouki, AFP)

A general view of a meeting at the Arab League in Cairo. (Khaled Desouki, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi accused Israel on Monday of war crimes, as Egypt asked Arab foreign ministers at a meeting in Cairo to support its initiative to end week-long fighting in Gaza.

The Arab ministers in Cairo met hours after the Egyptian government floated a truce proposal to halt the conflict that has killed more than 180 Palestinians.

"The world is witnessing the reality and nature of Israeli colonialism which is committing war crimes," Arabi said before the meeting went into a closed session.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri called on the ministers to back an initiative for a ceasefire his government had prepared.

The initiative had set a deadline for 0600 GMT on Tuesday, but Shoukri told the ministers it would go into effect whenever Egypt received "a commitment by both sides to stop hostilities".

So far, no Israelis have been killed since the operation began on 8 July, despite 777 rockets hitting Israel and more than 200 others intercepted, the army says.

The Arab League meeting comes amid intense international efforts to broker a truce, and with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas seeking UN intervention.

The Arab response has been lacklustre compared with its reaction to an eight-day war in 2012, when it sent Arab ministers to visit the besieged enclave in a show of support.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    arab league  |  un  |  mahmoud abbas  |  israel  |  gaza  |  middle east peace
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

LIVE: Canada v Romania
Heyneke: Still some loose ends
LIVE: Fiji v Uruguay
Does De Kock's fate await Paige?
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.