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Sunday, 9 December, 2001, 18:09 GMT
Egypt, Syria condemn Israel

Egypt and Syria have accused Israel of being a threat to peace and security in the Middle East.

A joint statement was issued after a brief visit by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to his counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

The statement said Israel's conduct in the Palestinian territories was an act of aggression and added that the Palestinians had the right to defend themselves.

The two presidents called on the international community to intervene to put pressure on Israel to halt its military operations.

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