A delegation of 40 Libyan diplomats has arrived in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing on a solidarity visit. Members of the group include the deputy head of the Libyan National Congress, Saleh Al-Makhzoun, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Al-Siddiq Karim. They were received at the border by a number of Palestinian MPs who then accompanied the delegation to Al-Shifa Hospital to meet some Gazans wounded during Israel's offensive.
Speaking at a press conference, Karim said that the continuation of the same old Arab policies towards the Palestinian cause and the aggression on Gaza is, post-Arab Spring, "unacceptable". He stressed the need for new strategies to end the Israeli occupation, especially with regards to the so-called peace process.
Calling on the international community and human rights organisations to stand with the Palestinians and their right to freedom and dignity, Karim added that ignoring Israel's crimes encourages it to commit more. He renewed his condemnation of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, and insisted that Palestinian steadfastness and Arab support should lead to a just solution to the conflict.