March 22, 2011 - 12:00am

The Arab League (AL) condemned on Tuesday the latest Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, calling international community to intervene to halt the attacks.

After an extraordinary meeting of permanent delegates, the pan- Arab body urged in a statement the United Nations and the Quartet to shoulder the responsibility to halt constant aggression.

"The Palestinian cause and people's rights are a top priority for all the Arab states and the AL until the declaration of an independent state according to the 1967 borders and Jerusalem as its capital," said the statement.

Four Palestinians were killed and several others wounded in eastern Gaza City Tuesday afternoon in a blast which residents and witnesses said was Israeli bombing.

Tensions have mounted since the Islamic Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, fired tens of mortars and missiles towards Israel on Saturday, ending its commitment to a shaky cease-fire that took effect when Israel ended a three-week military offensive here in January 2009.

On Monday, the Hamas government tried to cool down the situation, urging factions to respect the cease-fire again to avoid another large-scale military operation in Gaza.


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