Jordan Calls for Emergency Arab Ministerial Meeting Sunday in Cairo
Jordan, the curent head of the Arab League, has called for an emergency Arab ministerial meeting Sunday in Cairo to discuss the latest Israeli military escalation in the Palestinian territories, Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah Khatib told AFP Tuesday.
"Following contacts made by King Abdullah II to confront the deteriorating Palestinian situation, it has been decided as a first action to convene a meeting Sunday in Cairo of the Arab follow-up committee," Khatib said.
Jordan is the current chair of the Arab League summit, which has formed an Arab ministerial follow-up committee on the Palestinian issue.
King Abdullah was in Cairo for a summit with President Hosni Mubarak at Iftar time, exactly when Israeli air force was striking Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s heliport. Later, the cities of Jenin and Bethlehem came under Apache helicopter assaults.
Israeli tanks on Tuesday morning attacked Gaza airport.
The blitz came in response to three major attacks by Hamas, in which 26 Israelis were killed in west Jerusalem, Haifa and a Jewish settlement in the narrow, refugee-crowded Gaza Strip – Albawaba.com