Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Cairo to demonstrate against Israel’s air strikes in Gaza. With other rallies being held across Arab countries in the Middle East, many are calling for a firm response from their leaders. The protests follow similar large demonstrations held in Egypt yesterday.
On Sunday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who was meeting his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak, called on the Hamas leadership to accept a ceasefire. Egypt, along with Jordan, are the only two Arab governments to have signed peace treaties with Israel and many accuse Mubarak of being in collusion with the Jewish state. Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief urged Egyptians to take to the streets in their “millions” to force their government to completely open the country’s border with Gaza and help save Palestinians from the bombardments.