CAIRO, Egypt — Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi accused Israel on Wednesday of “blocking” all attempts to end the Gaza conflict, a day after a truce collapsed with the resumption of rocket fire on Israel.
“Israel is blocking any kind of agreement leading to calm” in the Gaza Strip, Arabi told journalists.
“The Arab League wants to reach a permanent truce as soon as possible,” he said before flying off to Geneva for a meeting with the International Committee of the Red Cross to demand protection of Palestinian civilians.
Eight days of calm under an Egyptian-brokered truce exploded into violence late Tuesday after Gaza terror groups broke the truce with a salvo of rockets into Israeli territory, prompting Israel to quit the Cairo negotiations and engage in retaliatory airstrikes. Hamas rocket fire and IDF counter-strikes intensified later Tuesday and through Wednesday.