Arab League to meet in Cairo over Gaza fighting

Arab League foreign ministers are set to meet in Cairo today to discuss Israel’s offensive against the Gaza Strip, aimed at countering rocket attacks.

With the Israeli campaign in its seventh day, at least 172 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,230 wounded.

Nearly 1,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel, with some 200 intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system over population centers. There have not been any Israeli fatalities.

The Arab League meeting comes amid intense international efforts to end the conflict, and with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas seeking UN intervention.

An Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement late on Sunday said Monday’s meeting, due to begin at 9 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. GMT, “is aimed at finding a solution to stop the shedding of Palestinian civilians’ blood and to formulate a common Arab stance on the issue.”

So far, efforts to broker a ceasefire have been unsuccessful, with Cairo taking a hands-off approach.

— AP and Times of Israel staff

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