Egypt to provide full support and care to first national injured in war in Ukraine

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Feb 2022

Egypt's Ministry of Foreign affairs instructed on Sunday the Egyptian embassy in Kyiv to provide full support and care to Mohamed Zayed, the first Egyptian citizen injured iduring the Russain invasion of Ukraine.

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Mohamed Zayed was wounded and is currently in a hospital in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

However, the Egyptian expat community in Ukraine told Minister of Emigration and Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram in a video meeting today that Zayed was injured during an airstrike in Kharkiv, according to a statement by the emigration ministry.

Zayed was in a stable condition after he underwent surgery and is currently undergoing treatment inside the hospital, the community members said.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry said it received Zayed’s family earlier today and reassured them about his condition.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has instructed the Egyptian embassy in Kyiv to work round the clock to provide the necessary support to all Egyptian citizens residing in Ukraine, the ministry said.

Shoukry also instructed the the Egyptian embassies in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to coordinate among themselves to allow Egyptian citizens to evacuate from Ukraine to those countries, the ministry added.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates the paramount importance of protecting our Egyptian citizens abroad … within the framework of the state’s policy to provide the necessary support and care to Egyptian citizens both at home and abroad,” the ministry added.

On Sunday, the Russian assault on Ukraine entered its fourth day, with 198 Ukrainians killed, hundreds injured, and thousands to fleeing the country, according to the Ukrainian health ministry, .

The Ukrainian authorities have directed the border guards to allow Egyptians to leave the country via the country's borders with Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, the Egyptian embassy in Kyiv said on Sunday.

Around 6,000 Egyptian nationals lived in Ukraine prior to the Russian invasion, including 3000 students, according to Egyptian officials.

On Saturday, Minister Makram announced that a group of 1,000 Egyptian expats were on their way to Bucharest while a smaller group of 80 had arrived on the Ukrainian-Polish borders.

Over the past few days, the Egyptian embassy in Kyiv has urged citizens in western parts of Ukraine to head to the border crossings with Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.

The embassy, however, advised citizens in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv or eastern cities to stay at home or in shelters, adding that negotiations are underway to secure a safe exit for those in the eastern parts.

Egypt has affirmed the importance of upholding dialogue and diplomatic solutions, as well as endeavours that would hasten a political settlement to the Ukrainian crisis, according to a statement by the foreign ministry.

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