Egypt condemns Israeli airstrikes against Syria, warns they complicate ongoing civil war

Egypt's president has condemned Israel's airstrikes against Syria, calling them a violation of international law and warning they complicate the ongoing civil war in that country.

Sunday's statement Sunday from President Mohammed Morsi's office says Egypt "strongly objects" to the bloodshed and the use of Syria's military against its people. But it also rejects the violation of Syrian sovereignty and "exploiting its internal crisis under whatever pretext." It says the Israeli attacks "increase the complexity of the situation."

Egypt launched an Arab bid to bring a peaceful end to the 2-year-old civil war that pits President Bashar Assad against rebels trying to oust him, but little came of it.

Morsi's office says the Israeli attacks are a "real test" for the international community's commitment to respecting international law.