- Middle East/North Africa
The Freedom and Justice Party called on members of all political currents to join a delegation to the Gaza Strip Monday, led by party head Saad al-Katatny, to show solidarity with the Palestinian people against ongoing Israeli attacks.
The delegation would return to Cairo on the same day, the Muslim Brotherhood website quoted the party's media adviser Mourad Ali as saying.
So far, former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, former MP Amr Hamzawy, media personality Yousry Fouda and poet Sayed Hegab have all announced theit participation, the website added.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon would arrive in Egypt on Monday for talks with Morsy and other officials, Reuters quoted the Foreign Ministry as saying on Sunday. Although the ministry did not give further details about the content of the discussions, it is expected that the UN chief will discuss Egyptian efforts to broker an agreement to end Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.
Prime Minister Hesham Qandil visited Gaza on Friday and met with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to show the Egyptian regime's solidarity with the people of Gaza.
Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. The new government under President Mohamed Morsy has been working to improve Egypt's relations with the group, which were tense under the regime of Hosni Mubarak.
Israel launched an assault on the Gaza Strip, which it dubbed "Pillar of Defense" in English-language media, last Wednesday. It has killed 51 people, including 14 children, and injured hundreds in an onslaught of bombings from the air and the sea. Three Israelis were killed Thursday when a Hamas rocket hit an Israeli town 15 miles north of Gaza.