Arab League Presses UN to Send Force to Protect Palestinians Immediately

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Arab League chief Esmat Abdel Meguid urged the United Nations on Tuesday to take "immediate steps" to send a protection force to the Palestinian territories. 

Abdel Meguid slammed Israel's "brutal aggression" Monday night, when a massive military operation was launched against Gaza City and other Palestinian towns in the Gaza Strip. 

The League chief "appealed to the UN Security Council to take swift and immediate practical steps to send international forces to the occupied Palestinian territories to provide the necessary protection to the Palestinian people from the brutal attacks by Israeli troops," a League statement said. 

He called on the United States in particular, in its capacity as main sponsor of the peace process, to guarantee the Palestinians' protection. 

He also blamed Israel for the deterioration of the current situation and the "return of violence and tension in the Middle East." 

Israel launched massive strikes from the air and sea on Gaza on Monday in retaliation for a deadly bombing of a Jewish settler school bus earlier in the day – CAIRO (AFP) 


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