Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry renewed his country’s categorical rejection of any attempts to displace the Palestinians or liquidate their cause.

During his meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Brussels, Shoukry stressed Egypt’s rejection of Israel’s control of the Gaza Strip crossings as a tool to tighten the siege, starve the Palestinian people, and create a reality uninhabited by life in the Strip.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid explained that the discussions dealt with the humanitarian, security and political dimensions of the Gaza Strip crisis, ways to contain its repercussions, and support the political path for a two-state solution and ending the crisis from its roots.

Shukri pointed to the important role of influential international parties, such as the European Union, in supporting an end to the Israeli war against the Gaza Strip and stopping the bleeding of Palestinian blood.

The two parties stressed the need to reach a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, stop military operations in Rafah, and ensure the complete and safe arrival of humanitarian aid and relief materials.

Shukri stressed the need for Israel to respect and protect humanitarian workers, not to target the headquarters of international relief agencies, and to ensure the access and freedom of movement of relief crews in the Strip in line with the provisions of international humanitarian law.

Shukri warned of the dangers of Israeli military operations in Rafah and their catastrophic humanitarian repercussions on more than 1.4 million Palestinians and their effects on peace and stability in the region.

He demanded that Israel comply with its obligations as an occupying power, remove all obstacles to the entry of aid, open land crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and provide safe conditions for relief crews to distribute aid.

Israel took control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing on May 7, after announcing the start of a military operation in Rafah despite international warnings.

Borrell pointed out that the situation in Gaza has exceeded expectations, stressing that the West Bank is also on the brink of explosion.

Since October 7, Israel has launched a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving more than 116,000 Palestinians dead and wounded, most of them children and women, and about 10,000 missing amid massive destruction and famine that claimed the lives of children and the elderly.

Israel continues this war, ignoring the Security Council resolution to stop the fighting and the orders of the International Court of Justice to stop the attack on Rafah and improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

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