Egypt Independent

Arab League says 10 ministers to visit Gaza

Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi will cross into Gaza from Egypt Tuesday, accompanied by 10 Arab foreign ministers, in a show of support for the Palestinians, the league's deputy secretary general told AFP.

The delegation is expected to reach the crossing around noon (1000 GMT), said Ahmed Ben Hilli, adding that Turkey's foreign minister will also join the mission.

"The main goal is to express Arab solidarity and support for the steadfastness of the people and Gaza," he said.

At least 112 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Israel launched air strikes against the Hamas-controlled territory last Wednesday in a bid to stop militants firing rockets into the Jewish state.

The delegation will visit hospitals and perhaps relatives of victims of the conflict between Hamas and Israel, now in its sixth day, he said.

Ben Hilli did not identify the ministers, but an Arab League official had earlier said they included those from Jordan and Morocco. Ben Hilli said the delegation would include ministers from North Africa, the Levant and the Gulf.