Monday, January 12, 2009
US and UK envoys stay away from Parliament
Political differences were set aside today when MPs spoke up against the Israeli attacks on Gaza at the Dewan Rakyat. The Star SMS Alert reported that 44 ambassadors and 32 charge d affairs based in KL attended the special session of Parliament but the US and UK sent no one. Meanwhile, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has said that victory was in sight and that Hamas would be wiped out, hinting that the offensive was ending but latest reports said more soldiers have been sent to Gaza. My colleague, Shahanaaz Habib who is now at Rafah, Egypt, told me a few hours ago that she could hear the continuous bombing from the border town. Humanitarian aid, she said, has been slow and that aid workers had problems getting into Gaza. The chaotic situation has caught the Egyptian authorities off guard because the border town has no facilities. It is not designed as an entry point for food and medical supplies on a big scale and certainly not set up for trucks to pass through. The opening of the border for ambulances has put enormous pressure on the Egyptians, particularly from the security aspect.