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Egyptian PM comes face to face with Gaza horrors


AS the Egyptian prime minister sped through Gaza City on a tour of damage, an Israeli air strike hit Jabalia camp north of the city.

A six-year-old boy was killed and a 22-year-old man injured in the blast. The Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil's convoy pulled into Shifa hospital with Ismail Haniya, the Hamas leader, just as two ambulances bearing the latest casualties of Israel's Operation Pillar of Defence arrived.

Mr Kandil helped medics pull the body of the young boy on to a stretcher, smearing blood on his shirt, and kissed him lightly on the head.

"Now you see the blood of Palestinians, it's on you," Mr Haniya, the Hamas leader said.

War-weary Palestinians and Israelis had hoped that during his three-hour visit to the Gaza Strip, Mr Kandil would convince Hamas to halt its rocket fire and usher in peace talks.

But, as far as most Hamas supporters were concerned, the Egyptians were in Gaza to endorse armed resistance.

"Egypt is standing side by side with the Palestinian people," Mr Kandil told news crews.

"I have seen many people killed, held the body of a six-year-old boy. We will do everything we can to prevent war," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent