"We cannot permit the murder of Palestinians."
Countering criticism that Egypt might have told Hamas Israel was not about to launch an attack, Abul Gheit said "Israel told the international community and its officials told the whole world of their intentions." Egypt summoned Israeli Ambassador Shalom Cohen to demand an end to the bombardment. Earlier, President Mubarak condemned "the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip and blames Israel, as an occupying force, for the victims and the wounded." The MPs who took part in the protest said they will call for a special parliament session on the Israeli attacks. "We will continue to put pressure on Arab governments as well as the criminals of Israel until Palestine is free," said Abdel Monem Abul Fotouh, a member of the Doctors Union
"The New Year celebrations program organized by Istanbul municipality in Taksim Square on December 31, 2008 has been cancelled due to the latest developments in our region," the statement said. "The New Year celebrations program scheduled for Dec. 31 has been canceled because of the latest developments in our region," the municipality said in a statement.Israel unleashed on Saturday a massive air campaign against Hamas targets in retaliation for ongoing rocket fire from its Gaza Strip stronghold, one of the most densely populated places on earth.At least 51 civilians are among the victims of the Israeli blitz on Hamas-run Gaza Strip that has so far killed more than 310 people, the U.N. said.