Egypt's Brotherhood: World starving Palestinians

October 20, 2006 19:35


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Egypt's largest Islamic group accused the world of "aggressive starvation" of the Palestinians Friday, as about 500 people demonstrated against Israel in Cairo's main mosque. "We follow with sorrow ... the strangling blockade and aggressive starvation of the Palestinians, punishing them for their democratic and honest choice," the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, said in a statement on the group's Web site that referred to the world's halting of direct aid to the Palestinian Authority since Hamas took over its government after winning the January elections. In his statement, issued to mark the imminent Islamic feast of Eid al-Fitr, Akef implicitly accused Hamas' main rival, the Fatah party led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, of trying to "stage a coup against the legitimate (Hamas) government." Akef did not name Hamas' political opponents but his statement says they have carried out "inhuman, immoral and irresponsible" actions against the ruling party.

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