Arab League proposes no-fly zone over Gaza

April 11, 2011 - 0:0

Amid successive deadly attacks by Israel on the Gaza Strip, the Arab League plans to press the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone over the coastal sliver.

The organization's Secretary General Amr Moussa said on Sunday that the body plans to present the UN Security Council with the proposal, AFP reported.
“The Arab bloc in the United Nations has been directed to ask for the convention of the Security Council to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza and impose a no-fly zone,” he said.
The Israeli military has been launching back-to-back attacks on the impoverished enclave over the past four days, killing more than 19 Palestinians and injuring over a dozen others.
Tel Aviv has been recurrently bombarding Gaza ever since its 22-day war on the impoverished enclave in December 2008 and January 2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and inflicted a damage of $1.6 billion on the region's already-stagnant economy, Press TV reported.
The offensives are often launched under the usual pretext of responding to the firing of projectiles.
The Israeli hostility rages on while Tel Aviv refuses to lift an all-out blockade it imposed on Gaza in mid-June 2007 in cooperation with the recently ousted regime of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The siege has deprived the Gaza population of food, fuel and medicine, triggering stunted growth and malnutrition among most Palestinian children.
Meanwhile, a senior member of Gaza's ruling Hamas movement on Sunday made a rare appeal to the Israeli public to halt escalating cross-border fighting, telling an Israeli radio station in fluent Hebrew that Hamas is ready to stop its rocket fire if Israel ends its attacks on Gaza, AP reported.
With fighting continuing early Sunday, Hamas' deputy foreign minister, Ghazi Hamad, delivered the message to state-run Israel Radio. “We are interested in calm but want the Israeli military to stop its operations,” Hamad said in Hebrew.
Other Hamas officials said they were in touch with mediators in hopes of restoring calm.
Photo: Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa