The Palestinian cabinet declared a state of emergency Saturday in response to Israeli military operations in the Gaza strip. The declaration appealed for international assistance against the Israeli incursion that has resulted in the death of 11 Palestinians. The statement also condemned the "world silence in the face of the magnitude of the crimes committed."
Israel began securing the Gaza strip earlier this week in response to militant Palestinian rocket attacks. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat characterized the Israeli actions as "criminal and racist." AFP has more.