Egypt suspends all flights to Israel; Maher: Israeli policy leads to bombing attacks
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher blamed Israel for Friday’s suicide bomb blast which rocked Jerusalem killing six Israelis and wounding 84 others.
"I have said for several days that Israel's aggressive policy would not lead to its establishing security," Maher said upon his return to Cairo from the West Bank city of Ramallah and Amman.
"Israel's policies brought out this violence. Israel assumes the first and the last point of responsibility because it sows despair inside many people," Maher said, who met in Ramallah with besieged Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Despite his tough-sounding words, Maher stressed he condemned all attacks on "civilians and the innocent."
Earlier Friday, Maher said Israel must bow to the will of the international community and pullout from Palestinian territories, following his talks with Arafat. "The Israelis cannot resist the will of the international community for an immediate withdrawal from the occupied territories and an end to the aggression against the Palestinian people," Maher said.
Egypt has also suspended all flights to Israel in protest of the ongoing West Bank offensive, a high-ranking official from national carrier EgyptAir told AFP late Friday.
Air Sinai, a subsidiary of EgyptAir that was flying to Tel Aviv twice a week since the start of the 18-month Palestinian uprising, has stopped all flights for an undetermined period, the official said.
The official said the decision was made in reaction to protests from Egyptian pilots and the almost daily popular street demonstrations against since the start of Israel's current campaign in the West Bank. (Albawaba.com)
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