Egypt praises Japan’s decision to resume funding for UNRWA

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Apr 2024

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry praised on Thursday Japan’s decision to resume funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA.

Palestinians queue to use lavatories at a tent camp for displaced people amid thick fog in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early morning on April 4, 2024. AFP


“The UNRWA serves as a lifeline for the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip at this critical time,” Shoukry told his Japanese counterpart Yoko Kamikawa in a phone call, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Shoukry described the decision of some countries to stop funding the UNRWA, upon Israeli allegations that some of its staff were involved in the 7 October attack, as incorrect and further complicating the disastrous humanitarian conditions in the strip.

Minister Kamikawa asserted that her country’s decision emerged from its belief in the agency’s vital role in alleviating the suffering of the Palestinians.

The continued deterioration in Gaza’s humanitarian situation contradicts all humanitarian principles and the rules of international law and international humanitarian law, she added.

Moreover, Kamikawa voiced Japan’s appreciation for Egypt’s role in mediation between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to reach a truce leading to a permanent ceasefire and securing humanitarian aid flow to Gaza.

FM Shoukry criticized Israel’s continued targeting of humanitarian workers inside Gaza, condemning the recent killing of some of the World Central Kitchen staff.

He also called for enforcing the Security Council’s resolution on the Gaza ceasefire and allowing the full entry of aid to the strip.

Furthermore, Shoukry reaffirmed Egypt's categorical rejection of any forced displacement of Gaza’s population and the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.

Both ministers warned against any potential Israeli ground invasion of the Palestinian city of Rafah, highlighting its likely catastrophic humanitarian repercussions on the civilians there, the statement noted.

Since the war began on 7 October, Israel has killed around 33,037 Palestinians.

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