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以色列对埃及警察死亡表示“遗憾”,埃及强烈不满

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小编摘要:当地时间18日,邻近以色列的埃及边防人员遭遇袭击,造成8人死亡。此前消息说,袭击造成3人死亡。据悉,这8名埃及警察是在以色列军队越界追击来自加沙的巴勒斯坦民兵时被打死的。

 Egypt Angered by Israel's 'Regret' for Border Guard Deaths

埃及内阁危机应对委员会20日发表声明,谴责以色列袭击埃及边境士兵,要求以方就袭击事件正式道歉并展开调查。此外,埃及政府传唤了以色列驻埃大使,但否认了将召回驻以大使的传言。

以色列方面就此事表示“遗憾”,称军方将对这一事件展开调查,并将同埃及军方联合调查以确定出事原因。

但是该事件引起了埃及方面的强烈愤慨,英国广播公司(BBC)驻耶路撒冷记者说,以色列的表态不会令埃及满意,埃及要求以色列正式道歉。

 Egypt says it will withdraw its ambassador from Israel following Israeli military action that killed three members of Egypt's security forces along the two nations' border. Israel says its military action was aimed at Gaza militants who had staged attacks inside Israel, and that it regrets the deaths. But that has done little to calm public anger in Egypt.


Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak promised a full investigation of what happened Thursday at the Egyptian-Israeli border, and said Israel regrets the deaths of the three Egyptians. His comments were seen as less than an apology for Israel's actions while pursuing militants from Gaza who had staged attacks in southern Israel, and public reaction was swift here in Cairo. 

Angry street protests outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo have been going on for several days, and the Egyptian press has mounted a war of words against the Jewish state. 

An Egyptian army checkpoint protects the Israeli embassy in Cairo's Giza district, but hundreds of protesters tried to break those barriers early Saturday. The crowd chanted slogans calling for expulsion of Israel's ambassador in Egypt, and demanded suspension of a controversial agreement with Israel for the sale of natural gas.

One middle-aged activist said the killings of the Egyptian soldiers requires retaliation by Egypt.?

He said the people will not accept that killing of any Egyptians at the border, either by accident or intentionally. An era of "turning the other cheek" is over, this demonstrator insists. He says the Egyptian people will react if their government and Supreme Military Council do not.

A government spokesman, Information Minister Osama Haikal, said Egypt can defend its lengthy cross-Sinai border with Israel, but that both states must share the responsibility of keeping the peace there.

Egypt can protect its border and ensure that it controls Sinai, the information minister says, while stressing that Israel and Egypt both are responsible for security there.

Said Sadek, who teaches political sociology at the American University in Cairo, says both Egypt and Israel are exploiting the current climate for domestic political purposes, and to divert attention away from internal crises.

"Foreign policy is always an excuse for trouble in domestic policy," said Sadek. "Both Egypt and Israel are having domestic problems. And so, the skirmishes that took place near the Egyptian-Israeli border [are] serving both sides politically in the domestic field."

Sadek says Egypt's ruling Supreme Military Council and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu probably both have gained domestic support over the past few days, but he asks:

"Would that escalate into a war? Look, I don't think so," added Sadek. "Both sides are playing on the verge of a conflict to serve the domestic agenda, but I don't think they will go as far as that."

Israel's airstrikes in Gaza have been answered by salvos of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza, which continued Saturday.

 

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2011-08-22 15:15 编辑:pliny
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