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Egypt: Allowing aid into Gaza should not discourage support for ceasefire

November 8, 2023 at 8:48 am

Trucks carrying World Health Organization (WHO) medical supplies, which passed from the Rafah Border Gate between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the Gaza Strip, arrive at Nasser Hospital in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza on October 23, 2023. [Abed Zagout – Anadolu Agency]

Egypt has stressed that the delivery of humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip should not discourage international parties from supporting an immediate cessation of Israel’s bombing of the Strip.

In a statement, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk was keen, during his meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry yesterday, to listen to an assessment of the developments in the unprecedented Israeli military escalation in the Gaza Strip, and to learn about the Egyptian vision and movements on the path to achieving a ceasefire and delivering the necessary aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip.

In a separate meeting with the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah Movement, Jibril Rajoub, Shoukry stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire without restrictions or conditions, Israel’s compliance with the provisions of international and humanitarian law, and the necessity of delivering humanitarian and relief aid to the Gaza Strip without obstacles.

Shoukry stressed the need not to allow attempts aimed at undermining the rights of the Palestinian people or liquidating the Palestinian cause.

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