Arab League to ask Security Council to impose no-fly zone over Gaza 10Apr11 April 11, 2011

The Palestinian Information Centre  -  10 April 2011

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said it was decided that the United Nations Arab group would ask for a meeting of the UN Security Council aimed at stopping the Israeli aggression and enforcing a no-fly zone over Gaza.

The Arab League has also asked the UN, Security Council and the Quartet to shoulder responsibilities in stopping the ongoing attack and to help protect the unarmed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The Arab League held an emergency meeting Sunday that included its permanent delegates headed by the Sultanate of Oman and attended by the Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

The council called on the world community to take necessary measures to deter Israel from continuing the attacks and to prosecute Israeli war criminals and bring them to justice.

It also emphasized the need to end the siege and the Gaza Strip and open all border crossings to and from the region through a ”crossings agreement”.

The Palestinian government headed by Ismail Haneyya has praised the Arab League’s response to requests for an emergency meeting to discuss the tensions that have been running high since Thursday.

The government has expressed hope that the meeting would produce effective mechanisms to end the attacks and called on the Arab leaders and people to launch political and media campaigns in order to exert pressure on Israel.

Dr. Ahmed Bahr, the Deputy Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, had called on the Arab League to take a responsible and courageous stand against the Israeli violence, saying: ”We don’t want condemnation and denunciation, but rather we want decisions on the ground and an end to the siege and reconstruction [of the Gaza Strip].”

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