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Tunisia condemns Israeli attack on Gaza

Tunisia has condemned Israel's strikes against the Gaza Strip and has sent its foreign minister to visit the embattled Palestinian territory.

Rafik Abdessalem is set to arrive in Gaza on Saturday with a delegation carrying humanitarian aid.

The move follows Friday's visit by the Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil in solidarity with the militant Hamas government of the crowded seaside strip.

Israel assassinated Hamas' military chief and has conducted three days of strikes on Gaza to halt rocket fire.

Tunisia's president Moncef Marzouki condemned "international silence" in the face of the attacks and expressed his country's support for the Palestinians in the face of Israel's "barbaric raids."

Friday's statement also called on the Arab League to take immediate actions to end the attacks.