Friday, November 16, 2012

Thousands protest in Egypt against Gaza attacks

Thousands protested in Egyptian cities on Friday against Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip and Egypt's president vowed to support the enclave's population in the face of "blatant aggression".

Western governments are watching Egypt's response to the attacks for signs of a more assertive stance towards Israel since an Islamist came to power in the Arab world's most populous nation.

President Mohamed Mursi is mindful of anti-Israeli sentiment among Egyptians emboldened by last year's Arab Spring uprising but needs to show Western allies his new government is no threat to Middle East peace.