Nasrallah Blasts Egyptian FM

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CBNNews.com - BEIRUT - Hezbollah spiritual leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah blasted Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit for holding Hamas responsible for the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip.

"What they are doing is casting blame on the victim," Nasrallah said in a videotaped address broadcast at a rally in Lebanon.

Nasrallah rarely appears in person at rallies, preferring to address the crowd on large-screen TVs.

"Yesterday we heard a senior Egyptian official blame the victim," he said, referring to Gheit. "Can we allow such behavior from an Arab figure?" he asked.

"Take action in order to stop the Zionist aggression in Gaza and not allow this aggression to achieve any of its objectives," he told the Shi'ite gathering.

"If Arab and Islamic regimes that do not act, their citizens must force them to act," he said.

"In the [Second] Lebanon War [in the summer of 2006], I did not ask this of the Arab world, but regarding the war in Gaza, I say we are all obligated [to act]," the fiery sheik shouted.

"I call on hundreds of thousands of people to demand that their governments act and take responsibility," he said.

Nasrallah called on Egyptians to take to the street by the millions to force their government to open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip.

"If the people took to the streets by the millions, could the police kill millions of Egyptians? People of Egypt, you must open this border by the force of your chests," he said.

Nasrallah said that by refusing to open the Rafah border crossing, Egypt was partnering with the Israeli military in killing Palestinians.

Meanwhile on Sunday, hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip managed to breach the border after an Israeli air strike destroyed four smuggling tunnels near the Rafah crossing.

Egyptian border guards shot their weapons in the air in an effort to stop the infiltration. One Egyptian guard was killed in a firefight with Palestinian gunmen.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gave in and opened the Rafah crossing Sunday to deliver food and medicine to Gaza.

According to eyewitnesses, the fleeing Palestinians cursed the Egyptian security forces, accusing them of collaborating with Israel.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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