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Ethiopia supports efforts to end Israel-Gaza hostilities


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

November 21, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad Al Malki, paid a visit this week to Addis Ababa where he held talks with Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, on the current crises in the Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad al Malki (Reuters)

During the talks, Dessalegn expressed concern about the current situation between Palestine and Israel and underscored a need for continued international efforts to bring a lasting and peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict and stressed his country’s support for political and diplomatic efforts to bring a peaceful solution to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
The Ethiopian premier also affirmed Ethiopia’s support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.
Following the talks, Malik said that Palestine had urged the international community to impose a truce between Hamas and Israel.

During the past few days Israel has carried out airstrikes on nearly 500 targets in Gaza, from which hundreds of rockets have been fired across the border.

At least 162 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched airstrikes last Wednesday. Retaliation attacks by Hamas have killed at least five Israelis.

Truce deal

After over a week of clashes, Israel and Hamas on Wednesday agreed to end violence under an Egyptian-orchestrated ceasefire.
Both sides have agreed to end all violence within 24 hours. Accordingly Israel will stop attacks via land, sea and air. Hamas also stops firing rockets into Israel.
The ceasefire agreement between the two sides had been delayed due to Israel’s failure to respond to proposals forwarded by the Egyptian mediators.
The delay to cement a truce had led to a continuation of airstrikes and missile exchanges between the two long-term rivals.

Israel has set an end to Hamas rocket attacks on its territory as a precondition to a ceasefire. Hamas demands an end to incursions in the Gaza territories.
World leaders have been calling for calm in light of the fear that the conflict may escalate and cause regional insecurity and instability.


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  • 22 November 2012 06:32, by Asmera

    Dear PM,
    It is good to support peaceful resolution between Isreal and Palastinians. However, the current situation does not allow Ethiopia to support self determination of Palastinians. For us it is better to be on the side of Israel rather than Arabs.

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    • 22 November 2012 07:15, by South Dengjok

      Dear Me,
      the turbulence situation in b/n these two state ain,t gonna stop soon as the blind people called Palestine are getting implication and influenced from their Arab as we already undergone with it,let the Palestine learn to get serious and fuckin cease fire by sea,land and by Air so that they will respect Israel and stop influence and useless support from their other food lover,lazy Arab

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      • 22 November 2012 09:13, by Ruach

        EEH Desalegn! Palestinian to self determination! You are joking!

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    • 22 November 2012 07:27, by Tiger

      Dear Asmera!
      absolutely i have agreed with you,Israel is more friendly with African Countries than Palestinians,the only terrorist supporter country in Africa is Sudan.Israelis are fighting for self defence.

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  • 22 November 2012 07:28, by Tutbol

    There is an Africa idea that ’the powerful must not bully the weaker or else you risk becoming the weakest’ israel knows it is fighting the weakest force on the planet, but opted to use its advance arsenals on the civilians of palistenians. Israel is our S Sudan’s ally but i see its behaviour not that different from our Northern neigbour, N Sudan...

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    • 22 November 2012 07:40, by Sombiri

      The Israelis are fighting Iran not the Palestinians.Iran is using Hamas to fight a froxy war.

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      • 22 November 2012 07:58, by Tutbol

        Mr Sombiri.
        Yeah your assessment is absolutely right, but why doesn’t israel tackles the big boy head-on than always attacking the little boy every four yrs? Anyway the the israelis are part of the Western culture, who cowers the powerful & always resort to bully the weak. Look at how the Chinese are treating the minorities like Tibetans but the West won’t tell the Chinese craps of regime change.

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        • 22 November 2012 08:13, by Tutbol

          Because they know the Chinese will send them back packing with the bloody noses & when it comes to the weak Africans, or South American or middle Eastern govts that doesn’t dance the West tunes, the Western nations will scream at the top of their lungs at their UN club of regimes change. I am sometimes disillusioned of the West intergrity of fair play. It shows the West is not Superior after all.

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    • 22 November 2012 07:43, by Tutbol

      ..the US should make sure that palistenians civillians are protected. I am not a fan of Hamas though but they were elected through the valote box by the gazans & the world should accept their choice...that is democracy. All civillians are the same all over world to live in peace & palistenians are no excerptions & so do SK, SBN or Abyiei civillians.

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      • 22 November 2012 13:43, by sudani ana

        I agree with most of your statements. I don’t mean to patronize you but I think you have shown integrity and honesty here.

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