Egypt PM at Rafah crossing urging for ending humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Oct 2023

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly called for international action to end the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, reiterating Egypt’s rejection of the collective punishment policy against the people of Gaza.

Egypt s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli (R) and Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar (L) hold a pres
Egypt s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli (R) and Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar (L) hold a press conference during his visit to the Rafah crossing border on October 31, 2023. More than 30 aid trucks entered Gaza on October 30. AFP


He called for ending the conflict and destruction that “will never bear fruit in the near or long term and to look at this long-standing issue in a just manner that achieves the interests of all parties.”

Egypt has pressed ahead with efforts since the beginning of the conflict at all levels to put an end, especially amid the magnitude of destruction and the tally of victims in the Palestinian strip, he said in a press conference at the Rafah border crossing, which connects North Sinai to Gaza, on Tuesday.

Madbouly said Egypt is against the targeting of any civilians from any side in compliance with international laws, urging the international community to condemn the fall of victims from all sides.

“There is no advantage for one side over the other. All are the same and we are all against any innocent civilian casualties,” Madbouly added.

Madbouly stressed that the permanent solution for the conflict is a comprehensive and just solution, in reference to the establishment of the Palestinian state by the decisions of international legitimacy.

Such a solution will ensure stability and prevent the repetition of the current tragedy, he added, assuring that any other alternatives will lead to ongoing instability and lack of security for all countries in the region.

Egypt has carried the burden of the Palestinian cause since 1948, Madbouly noted, adding that “thousands of [Egyptian] youth were martyred over the previous decades on this land defending the Palestinian cause.”

Madbouly reaffirmed that Egypt will not allow the Palestinian cause to be liquated, neither at its expense nor at any other country's expense.

“This message must be clear to the whole world,” he said.

Madbouly came earlier today to inspect some projects implemented in Egypt’s northeastern governorate.

His visit came while the Israeli unrelenting war in Gaza, which neighbours North Sinai’s Rafah, continues for the 25th day, with Israeli officials lobbying to pressure Egypt into accepting Gaza refugees.

Israel has killed 8,306 Palestinians, including 3,457 children, in Gaza and over 110 in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli airstrikes have also destroyed more than half of the homes in Gaza, leaving more than 1.5 million Palestinians without shelter.

Moreover, Israel has put 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza under a complete blockade, cutting off all access to food, water, power, and fuel supplies, despite global warnings of a developing humanitarian catastrophe. 

Imposing overly strict restrictions, Israel has so far allowed a trickle of desperately needed aid into the blockaded Palestinian territory.

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