BEIRUT: Lebanon's rival political parties voiced strong condemnations of Israel’s aerial assault on Gaza Wednesday in the first reactions to the ongoing offensive in which at least 40 people have been killed so far.
The Future Movement called for “quick Arab and international action” to stop “the Israeli massacre” committed against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.
A statement issued at the end of a party meeting said “the United Nations is requested to act immediately to secure international protection for the Palestinian people over all the occupied territories.”
Rival Shiite Amal Movement, on its part, blasted international apathy over Israeli actions saying “mere condemnations and denunciations of Israel’s crimes, the latest of which was burning to death Palestinian boy Mohammad Abu Khudair, is no longer sufficient as the Palestinians are left alone in the field.”
The Shiite party, headed by Speaker Nabih Berri, also called for staging popular protests and demonstrations in the Arab world to press for an international condemnation of Israel.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rachid Kabbani urged the world’s big powers to rein in Israel and hold it accountable for its “barbaric actions.”