Egypt expresses sorrow at collapse of Gaza truce, working to halt fighting: SIS head

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Dec 2023

Egypt expressed sorrow at the collapse of the week-long truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Head of the State Information System (SIS) Diaa Rashwan said on Friday.

Israeli airstrike in Gaza
Smoke rising from buildings in Gaza after being hit by Israeli strikes, as battles resume between Israel and Hamas militants, on December 1, 2023. Photo : AFP


Rashwan added in a media statement that Egypt is exerting maximum efforts with its partners to swiftly return to the ceasefire and extend it further to address the critical humanitarian conditions faced by Palestinians in Gaza that reached catastrophic levels.

He said that the goal of Egypt was either to halt the war against them or expedite the entry of humanitarian and relief aid to them.

On another note, Rashwan categorically denied that Israeli shelling had hit the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing.

He urged everyone to follow updates issued by the relevant Egyptian official authorities.

On Saturday, Israel continued its bombardment of the strip for a second day after the collapse of the truce.

The Palestinian health ministry reported that the death toll from the Israeli attacks increased to at least 200 over the past 24 hours, while another 650 people were injured.

Many of the strikes were focused in the south of the strip, including Khan Younis, where the Israeli army said it struck more than 50 targets with air, ground, and naval bombardment.

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