Jordan Tuesday strongly condemned "Israeli aggressions" in the Gaza Strip and asked for "immediate international protection for the Palestinian people."
"We strongly condemn the Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people which worsen the situation in the region" of the Middle East, Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah al-Khatib told AFP Tuesday.
The minister was commenting on the raids led by Israeli military helicopters Monday against Palestinian targets throughout the Gaza Strip, which left one dead and 120 wounded, five of them seriously.
The raids were in reprisal for an attack on a school bus, which left two Israeli settlers dead.
"We call for an immediate international protection for the Palestinian people," in view of this situation, the minister added.
He said the recent "hostilities" are in complete contradiction to Israeli claims on working for peace."
Jordan decided in October to put off indefinitely sending its new ambassador to Israel, Abdel Ilah al-Kurdi, who was named by the Jordanian government in August, as a gesture of protest at violent Israeli repression in the Palestinian territories -- AMMAN (AFP)
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