- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2009

ASHARQ AL-AWSAT

(LONDON/SAUDI ARABIA)

350 killed, thousands injured

As the morgues filled up in the Gaza Strip’s hospitals and it became difficult to count the number of Israeli raids, the number of Palestinians killed has exceeded 350 on the third day of the continuous massacre Israel is committing in Gaza.

Israeli warplanes continued to target the homes of Hamas leaders and members in addition to civilian institutions and mosques.

AD-DUSTOUR (JORDAN)

King: ‘We are all upset’ over Gaza

Jordan’s King Abdullah [Tuesday] telephoned President Bush and told him it was necessary to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and end the suffering of the Palestinian people.

The monarch donated his blood, launching a national campaign for blood donations for the Palestinian people in Gaza, and ordered the preparation of a military field hospital to dispatch to Gaza for those injured by the Israeli aggression. He told reporters after donating his blood, “This is the least we can give our brothers in Gaza … We are all upset in Jordan, and the Jordanians are the closest to the Palestinian people.”

AL-KHALEEJ

(UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

PA, Hamas avoid talks

Hamas and Islamic Jihad quickly rejected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ invitation for consultations on the bloody Israeli military operation in Gaza.

As the Palestine Liberation Organization called for convening an immediate Arab summit on the Israeli aggression on Gaza, chief Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei said peace talks with Israel have been suspended.

TISHREEN (SYRIA)

Nasrallah: Gaza needs support

Lebanon’s Hezbollah chief, Hassan Nasrallah, said yesterday that Gaza can triumph against Israel but it requires support for its steadfastness. He added that whoever fails the resistance “is a partner in the crime, in the killing, and a traitor.”

Mr. Nasrallah also called on Lebanese President Michel Suleiman to exert every possible effort to push for convening an Arab summit on Gaza as soon as possible.

AL-SEYASSAH (KUWAIT)

Ahmadinejad wants Israelis on trial

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad instructed his government to file a legal complaint in local and international courts against Israeli occupation leaders on charges of war crimes and genocide.

He called on his government to work on issuing arrest warrants, through Interpol, for Israeli leaders for the “killing operations they are committing in occupied Palestine.”

AL-HAYAT AL-JADEEDA

(WEST BANK)

Israeli attacks called a massacre

Israeli warplanes continued their bloody raids on the Gaza Strip, taking the lives of more victims and raising the number of martyrs to more than 300, with nearly 1,000 injured - 180 of them in serious condition.

The Israeli occupation army yesterday recalled 6,500 reservists and reinforced its tanks near the borders with Gaza, while Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak did not rule out a ground operation.

AL-MESRYOON (EGYPT)

Egyptian killed in Gaza clashes

An Egyptian officer was killed, and several other border guards were injured Sunday in an exchange of fire with Palestinians near the Rafah border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, and a Palestinian was killed by Egyptian bullets.

Reports from the area said dozens of Palestinians stormed the Egyptian territories yesterday through holes in the border wall - which apparently were caused by the Israeli air strikes - prompting clashes between the Egyptian forces and Palestinians fleeing from Gaza.

AS-SAFIR (LEBANON)

Aggression on Gaza ends Syria-Israel talks

The Israeli aggression on Gaza has shut the door to the indirect Syrian-Israeli contacts mediated by Turkey, according to a Syrian official, who said Damascus condemns the “barbaric, criminal and terrorist aggression” on the Palestinians of Gaza.

The Syrian leadership called for convening an emergency Arab summit in Doha on Friday and urged the Arabs to use all means possible to pressure Israel to immediately stop the onslaught.

Compiled by Sana Abdallah of the Middle East Times

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