Tripoli, 15 November:
Libya has strongly condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza, calling them “criminal”.
In a statement today, Thursday, the Ministry of Foreign . . .[restrict]Affairs and International Cooperation said that “these criminal attacks which resulted in the killing and wounding of dozens of the Palestinian people” were a challenge to the international community and to “resolutions of international legitimacy” — a reference to the various UN resolutions on Israel.
The statement said the attacks exposed Israel’s “aggressive, expansionist and terrorist” intentions and merited condemnation by the whole world.
Israeli operations against Hamas forces in Gaza have resulted in 18 Palestinian deaths since Wednesday when the Israelis killed Hamas’s military leader in an air strike on his car. The deaths have included four children.
Following two rockets being fired today from Gaza towards Tel Aviv, there is growing speculation in Israel that the government there will order a full land attack on the tedrritory.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting last night to discuss the situation but did nothing more than call for an end to the violence.
At a meeting in the Djibouti today, foreign ministers from member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation also condemned the Israeli action, calling it a “dangerous escalation”. A further statement is expected tomorrow. [/restrict]