Mubarak warns Netanyahu against new Gaza war

Egypt`s President Hosni Mubarak warned Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu against launching a new war on Gaza, as they met in a bid to break the impasse in Middle East peace negotiations.

Cairo: Egypt`s President Hosni Mubarak
on Thursday warned Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu against
launching a new war on Gaza, as they met in a bid to break the
impasse in Middle East peace negotiations.

During talks at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm
el-Sheikh, Mubarak cautioned the visiting prime minister after
Israeli troops traded fire with militants in the Palestinian
enclave.

Mubarak told Netanyahu of the "danger of the latest
Israeli threats and their repercussions on the stability and
security of the region and the cause of Middle East peace,"
Egypt`s official MENA news agency reported.

"Mubarak affirmed Egypt`s rejection of any new
offensive on Gaza," said the report.

Israel`s military said a projectile, probably a mortar
shell, was fired from the Islamist Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip
hours before Netanyahu flew to Sharm el-Sheikh for the
meeting.

The rocket attack came after Israeli troops shot dead
two Palestinian men the military said were trying to breach
the border late last night.

Earlier that day, militants fired seven rockets into
Israel without causing any damage, the army said.

Tensions have been rising along the heavily guarded
border of the blockaded enclave over continued rocket fire
into the Jewish state and retaliatory and often deadly Israeli
air raids.

PTI

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