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Iran, Egypt Presidents Discuss Gaza Crisis

TEHRAN, Jan. 22 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian President Mahmud Ahamadinejad in a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday condemned Israel's massacre of Palestinians and called for lifting the Gaza blockade.

Israel has launched brutal attacks against the Gaza residents and blocked all food and fuel supplies to the strip. The territory went dark on Sunday when the only power plant was shut down.

Ahamadinejad said, "The more Palestinians are martyred, the heavier our duties become. It is time for us to save Palestinians from this intolerable situation."

"We should push for lifting the siege of Gaza and help provide basic living requirements to Palestinians," Ahmadinejad added.

Mubarak said, "Gaza should be supplied with food, medicine, and fuel as soon as possible."

Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab states which have signed peace treaty with Israel.

The Egyptian president telephoned Zionists Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday to warn him of the humanitarian effects of the blockade, and urged him to "stop the Israeli aggression", BBC reported.

Mubarak raised the possibility of reopening the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt -- the only entry and exit point that bypasses Israel -- has been open only a few times since Hamas seized power in the territory in June 2007.

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