No Arap voice to Qatar's urgent summit call on Gaza

Arab League spokesman Abdel-Alim al-Abiyad said on Tuesday two thirds of the league's 22 members should approve the request for the summit to take place.

No Arap voice to Qatar's urgent summit call on Gaza

Qatar has requested an emergency Arab League summit to discuss Israeli ongoing massacre in Gaza but no other countries have so far agreed, Arab League spokesman Abdel-Alim al-Abiyad said on Tuesday.

Abiyad said Qatar made the request on Monday. He said two thirds of the league's 22 members should approve the request for the summit to take place.

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said on Monday Arab foreign ministers will hold emergency talks in Kuwait on Friday to discuss the continuation of the Israeli aggression on Gaza. Kuwait is hosting an Arab economic summit on Jan. 19.

The Israeli attacks on Gaza have exposed deep divisions between Arab countries such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia which both oppose Hamas Islamists, and Syria and Qatar which are sympathetic to the group that rules the Gaza Strip.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been cool to the idea of a summit, fearing it would not yield much results and would make Arab leaders appear ineffective, diplomats said.

Protesters in countries have lashed out at Egypt for not opening its border with Gaza to allow trapped Palestinians flee the 18-day assault, which has killed more than 900 people.

Egypt still resists on requests to open the crossing with Gaza.


Agencies

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