Egyptian president stands with Palestinians, warns Israel of ‘wrath’
By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press November 16, 2012 4:22PM
Protesters chant slogans and carry a desecrated representation of an American flag during demonstrations against the Israeli invasion of Gaza, while marching through the streets towards Tahrir square after Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov.16, 2012. In his Friday sermon at Al-Azhar mosque, influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, not shown, said the Islamic world would not be silent in the face of Israel's military operation in Gaza. Arabic writing reads, "death to Israel and death to America." (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)
CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist president says his country will stand by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and demanded Israel stop its latest offensive on the Hamas-ruled territory.
Mohammed Morsi says Egypt “will not leave Gaza on its own” and warned the “aggressor to stop the bloodshed or face the wrath” of Egypt’s new leadership and institutions.
Morsi spoke on Friday at a mosque near his house on the outskirts of Cairo. The sermon was his harshest condemnation yet of the Israeli offensive.
Morsi said he dispatched his prime minister to Gaza to send a clear message that Egypt supports the people there and will not tolerate the killing of civilians.
Hamas is an offshoot of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group in Egypt. The Brotherhood led protests across the country on Friday against Israel.