Karzai strongly condemn Israeli airstrike in Gaza
By Sayed Jawad - Sat Nov 17 2012, 4:27 pm
President Hamid Karzai, on behalf of the people of Afghanistan, condemns in the strongest terms such attacks that have continued for years now and calls for an immediate end to the killings of innocent civilians. “Harming civilians is unjustifiable on any side and anywhere.” said the President.
President Karzai also said that Afghanistan fully supports any efforts that can ensure a ceasefire. He offered his deepest condolences and sympathies to the people of Palestine.
Israeli forces were massing on the Gaza border and on the brink of yet another brutal war with the Palestinians as the U.S. urged both sides Friday to step back from a “very, very dangerous situation.”
But the White House made it clear it had no intention of standing in Israel’s way — asserting the American ally’s “right to defend itself.”
Some 16,000 Israeli Army Reservists in hundreds of armored vehicles were already close enough to strike at the heart of the Hamas-controlled territory. And Defense Minister Ehud Barak got the green light to draft 75,000 more soldiers — the largest Israeli military mobilization in more than a decade.
Six people, including five militants, were killed and dozens were wounded in the various attacks today, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said. In all, 35 Palestinians, including 13 civilians, and three Israeli civilians have been killed since the Israeli operation began.