From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jan 09 2009 - 22:30:19 EST
Libya's Gaddafi wants Arabs to join in Gaza war
09 Jan 2009 11:35:04 GMT
TRIPOLI, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has
accused Arab leaders of a "cowardly" response to Israeli attacks on the
Gaza Strip, urged them to let their citizens join Palestinian fighters
as volunteers, state media said on Friday.
"I call on Arabs to open the door for volunteers to fight alongside the
Palestinians," said Gaddafi in a one-line statement carried by state
news agency Jana.
The maverick Libyan leader did not say whether he would specifically ask
Egypt, the only country with a border with Gaza, to let would-be Arab
combatants into the Palestinian enclave, which is under an Israeli-led
A day after Israeli offensive on Gaza began on Dec. 27, Gaddafi assailed
Arab leaders for failing to back the Palestinians living there beyond
offering humanitarian aid or discussing a possible Arab summit.
Israel says its 14-day-old offensive on Gaza, where Islamist Hamas
leaders say more than 750 Palestinians have been killed, is designed to
stop cross-border attacks by Hamas. (Writing by Lamine Ghanmi; editing
by Philippa Fletcher)
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