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article imageArab League to ask UN to implement no-fly zone over Gaza

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By Michael Krebs     Apr 11, 2011 in World
With fighting intensifying between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, the Arab League on Sunday announced plans to ask the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza.
Alarmed by reports of Israeli air strikes and promises from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for more vicious responses from Israeli military forces to rocket attacks from Palestinian militants, the Arab League announced its intention on Sunday to ask the United Nations to implement a no-fly zone over Gaza.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa made the announcement after an emergency meeting in Cairo, according to the Jerusalem Post.
"The statement rejected the double standard policies towards the Palestinian case, urging the UN Security Council and the Quartet committee to bear all responsibilities for halting the subsequent massacres and provide an international protection for the unarmed citizens," Xinhua reported.
The Arab League is the same body that recommended imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. The implementation of a no-fly zone over Gaza would amount to military strikes against Israel.
While Hamas and Israeli leaders have openly discussed a ceasefire, nothing official has been announced between the two parties.
"If they stop firing on our communities, we will stop firing. If they stop firing in general, it will be quiet, it will be good," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio, as the Jerusalem Post reported.
However, as was reported in Digital Journal on Sunday, Netanyahu told his cabinet that Israel will deliver a "most harsh" response to continued rocket fire emanating from the Gaza territory.
Additional hawkish comments came from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who insisted that a ceasefire with Hamas is not in Israel's best interests, according to another Jerusalem Post report.
"Hamas is fighting a war of attrition against us. We won't come to terms with a situation in which they decide when there's quiet and when the area heats up," Lieberman told Israel Radio, according to the Jerusalem Post report.
Israeli air strikes in Gaza over the past several days have resulted in the deaths of 19 Palestinians.
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