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Egypt recalls envoy to Israel after Gaza strike

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012

As an elected leader, however, Morsi faces heavy pressure to reflect more strongly the widespread anti-Israeli feelings among the Egyptian public.

"Before, in Mubarak's time, there was no response at all and they suffocated Gaza," said Hassan Saleh, a 25 year-old education ministry official who was among those protesting in Cairo on Wednesday. "All this must change. We should allow aid in, open the crossing and hospitals and pressure Israel."

The Brotherhood's political party, which Morsi headed before winning the presidency, warned in a statement Wednesday that "the occupation state must realize that the changes that took place in the region, especially in Egypt, will not let the Palestinian people fall at the mercy of the Israeli aggression as was the case before."

The party expressed condolences for al-Jabari's death and denounced the Israeli airstrike Wednesday as a "crime that requires a quick Arab and international response to stem these massacres." It said Israel wants to "drag the region toward instability." They called for protests Friday to denounce the military escalation.

Egypt's ambassador to Israel Atef Sayid al-Ahl told the semi-official Al-Akhbar newspaper he would arrive to Cairo on Thursday afternoon. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel had not received word of the recall and would not comment until it did.

Morsi also asked the Arab League's secretary-general to convene an emergency ministerial meeting in the wake of the Gaza violence, his spokesman said. The Arab League said it would hold the emergency session on Saturday. The Foreign Ministry delivered a letter to the Israeli Embassy in Egypt expressing its "strong condemnation" of the Israeli strikes.

Egyptian military intelligence officials said Wednesday four missiles were fired from northern Sinai into Israel just south of the Kerem Shalom border crossing. The officials said they could not confirm what type or rockets were fired or where they landed inside Israel.

Islamic militants are suspected of being behind the rocket fire, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.


Associated Press writer Tia Goldberg contributed from Jerusalem.