Egypt to host a summit on Gaza Saturday: Al-Qahera News

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Oct 2023

Egypt will host a summit on Saturday to discuss the recent developments and escalation in Gaza as part of the Egyptian attempts to de-escalate the situation and protect civilians in Gaza in collaboration with regional and international partners, Egyptian TV channel Al-Qahera News reported.

 Gaza Strip
A picture taken from the southern Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip on October 16, 2023. AFP

 

Egypt called for an international summit on Saturday to address the developments and future of the Palestinian cause, following a National Security Council meeting in Cairo headed by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday.

The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Caritin Colonna, announced in a joint press conference in Cairo on Monday with her Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, her country's approval to participate in the summit.

She emphasized the importance of holding the summit and expressed gratitude to Egypt for inviting and hosting the conference.

News reports also said US President Joe Biden will participate in the summit as he visits Israel later this week. AP spoke to a senior US official who said the travel details have not been finalized yet.

Besides France and the United States, news reports say the summit, which will probably be held in Cairo, will see the participation of 18 countries and the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Egyptian ambassadors have presented invitations to attend the conference to the heads of some Arab countries, including Qatar and Kuwait.

The Cairo Peace Summit 2023, as the local Egyptian media has begun to call it, will be held as the fighting continues between the Israeli army and the Palestinian militant groups, especially Hamas, in the Gaza Strip for the ninth day.

At least 2,808 Palestinians have been killed and 10,859 wounded in the Gaza Strip due to Israeli bombardment, the Palestinian health ministry said.

According to the government's media office in Gaza, 254 Palestinians were killed in the past 24 hours.

About 64 percent of those killed were women and children. The Israeli bombardment also killed 37 medical staff, including doctors, nurses, and paramedics. 

On Monday, the Israeli army announced the names of eight more soldiers killed since 7 October, bringing the death toll among Israeli soldiers to 299.

Egypt has called for a humanitarian truce to allow the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza and evacuate foreign nationals trapped in the strip. 

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