facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Egypt's Mubarak laments Palestinian split

June 24, 2007 at 10:17 AM   |   Comments

CAIRO, June 24 (UPI) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said the Hamas takeover of Gaza dampens the prospect of a single Palestinian state.

"We feel sad for the shedding of the blood of Palestinians by Palestinian hands in a fighting that has crossed" all lines, Mubarak told lawmakers in Cairo Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times said Egypt supports Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Fatah party whose Gaza security forces were ousted by Hamas nearly two weeks ago.

What remains is a battered political landscape in which the Islamist Hamas group controls Gaza and the more moderate Fatah party rules the West Bank.

Mubarak is to meet Monday in Egypt with Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Jordan's King Abdullah II in an attempt to bolster Abbas' role in the Middle East peace process.

Egyptian authorities hope to keep Hamas' militant fervor from reviving Egypt's banned, yet popular, Islamic party, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Times reported.

© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks
2
Kirsten Gillibrand: I don't know who called me 'porky' Kirsten Gillibrand: I don't know who called me 'porky'
3
Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos
4
Potential sites for Obama's presidential library and museum chosen Potential sites for Obama's presidential library and museum chosen
5
Judge OKs Jill Kelley privacy lawsuit Judge OKs Jill Kelley privacy lawsuit
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback