EU presidency defends Israeli ground assault

European Union president, the Czech Republic, defended Israeli massacre in Gaza.

EU presidency defends Israeli ground assault
European Union president, the Czech Republic, defended Israeli massacre in Gaza as saying on Saturday an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza was "defensive, not offensive" action.

"At the moment, from the perspective of the last days, we understand this step as a defensive, not offensive, action," Czech EU presidency spokesman Jiri Potuznik said.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg is leading an EU delegation to the region on Sunday, and Potuznik said the presidency will wait to see the results of that visit.

An Israeli air strike earlier on Saturday killed 11 Palestinian worshippers, including children, and wounded dozens at a mosque in Beit Lahiya.

Israeli air strikes attacked Gaza from early morning on Saturday and naval vessels also shelled the area from the Mediterranean.

The attacks have sparked a wave of protests around the world, where thousands of demonstrators marched in solidarity with the Palestinians in European cities on Saturday.

In Paris, more than 20,000 demonstrators, many wearing Arab keffiyeh headscarves, chanted slogans like "Israel murderer!".

In London, 10,000 protesters led by singer Annie Lennox carried Palestinian flags and placards with slogans such as "End the siege on Gaza" and "Stop the massacre".

Israeli has killed so far at least 446, with about 2,050 wounded, in the worst sustained bloodshed in decades of Israeli occupations.


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Last Mod: 04 Ocak 2009, 11:32
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