Thousands Rally in Egypt Against Israel Offensive

Egypt protests Israel
Egyptian Islamist cleric Safwat Hegazy (center) shouts slogans during a protest against Israel's ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip, after Friday prayers at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo Nov. 16. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi denounced Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip as "a blatant aggression against humanity" and said Cairo "would not leave Gaza on its own," the state news agency MENA reported. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Thousands are protesting across Egypt against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.

The demonstrations come on the day that Egypt's prime minister, Hesham Kandil, traveled to Gaza in a symbolic show of support for the territory's Hamas rulers.

Egyptians marched in the country's two largest cities, Cairo and Alexandria, waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against Israel. In Cairo's Tahrir Square, a few hundred protesters burned an Israeli flag.

President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood called for the demonstrations. Egypt has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest.

In his Friday sermon in Cairo, influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said the Islamic world would not be silent in the face of Israel's military operation in Gaza.

Israel says it is responding to rocket fire by Gaza militants.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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