Newspaper: Six Hundred Sudanese Sign up to Fight for Jerusalem
Six hundred Sudanese have volunteered to fight with the Palestinians for the "liberation" of Jerusalem and other occupied lands, a newspaper reported Saturday.
The men registered as volunteers at Khartoum University mosque following Friday prayers, asking only that the Sudanese government help them travel to the Palestinian territories, the independent Akhbar al-Youm daily said.
During his sermon, prayer leader Usama al-Ashqer urged all Arabs and Muslims to unify ranks and launch an offensive against Israel to liberate Jerusalem and other Palestinian territories.
Ashqer, a Palestinian lecturer at Khartoum University, bitterly criticized terms of the ceasefire accord struck Tuesday at the international summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, saying the deal gave "nothing to the Palestinians."
He accused the United States of double standards and called upon the Arabs to wage war against both the United States and Israel and to cease all forms of normalization with the latter.
Ashqer charged that the Israeli government was encouraging new settlements for "orthodox Jews" near the Aqsa Mosque – KHARTOUM (AFP)
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