Hamas’s Haniyeh, Israel’s Netanyahu thank Egypt and President Sisi for ceasefire efforts

Ahram Online , Friday 21 May 2021

Egypt managed to reach a 'simultaneous and mutual ceasefire' between Israel and the Palestinian factions including Hamas

A Palestinian man sells balloons in front of the destroyed Al-Shuruq building, destroyed by an Israeli airstrike, on May 21, 2021, in Gaza City. (Photo:AFP)

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haniyeh thanked Egypt on Friday for its effort mediating a ceasefire in Gaza between Palestine and Israel.

“We thank Egypt which exercised its leading role and curbed the Israeli attack on Gaza” Haniyeh said in a press conference in Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Friday for his important role in restoring calm and regaining security and stability to the region.

"Thank you President El-Sisi for your important role in restoring calm and advancing security and stability in our region," Netanyahu posted on his official Twitter account.

Egypt managed to reach a "simultaneous and mutual ceasefire" between Israel and the Palestinian factions including Hamas, which came into effect as of Friday 21 May at 2am (23:00 GMT) Palestinian time.

Egypt sent two security delegations to Tel Aviv and the Palestinian territories to ensure implementation of the ceasefire.

US President Joseph Biden extended thanks on Thursday to President El-Sisi over the Egyptian efforts to reach the ceasefire agreement in a press conference in Washington.

"I extend my sincere gratitude to President El-Sisi and the senior Egyptian officials who have played such a critical role in this diplomacy," the US President said.

Over the past several days, Egypt sent delegations to Ramallah city in the West Bank and Tel Aviv more than once to mediate an immediate ceasefire.

The recent escalation was sparked on 10 May when Israel cracked down on Palestinian demonstrators protesting Israel’s plan to forcibly expel Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah district in East Jerusalem.

According to the latest count released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, 243 people were killed in the latest attack against Gaza including 17 women, 66 children and 17 elderly people. In addition, 1,910 people were injured. Gaza infrastructure was devastated by Israeli airstrikes.

Also, twelve people in Israel were killed during the 11-day action-reaction loop.


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