Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Kandil condemns Israel in Gaza.
Kandil was shown the body of a dead child during his tour of the Gaza hospital.
They paused for a few photos.
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (2nd R) and Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Kandil (2nd L) touch the body of a Palestinian boy, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, during a visit to a hospital in Gaza today. (Reuters)
Epypt’s premier traveled to Gaza today. Hisham Kandil stood with Hamas leadership and condemned Israeli agression.
Egypt’s premier has visited Gaza as conflict between Palestinian militants and Israel raged for a third day. Hisham Kandil said Egypt is striving for a “lasting truce.” Israel denied staging airstrikes during the visit.
Kandil spoke at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital after being shown the body of one of two people said by Palestinian sources to have been killed by Israeli planes in the Nazila area of northern Gaza.
“Egypt will not hesitate to intensify its efforts and make sacrifices to stop this aggression and achieve a lasting truce,” Kandil said.
Before Kandil’s arrival, Ismail Haniyeh – the leader of the Hamas movement, which runs Gaza – had urged neighboring Egypt to do more to help the Palestinians.
Israel announced that it had suspended military operations during Kandil’s three-hour visit and accused Palestinian militants of firing more rockets from Gaza while the prime minister was present.
“Even though about 50 rockets have fallen in Israel over the past two hours, we chose not to attack in Gaza due to the visit of the Egyptian prime minister. Hamas is lying and reporting otherwise,” the army said in a social network message.