UN welcomes Gaza ceasefire, lauds Egypt's efforts to help restore calm

MENA , Ahram Online , Monday 8 Aug 2022

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire in Gaza, commending Egypt's efforts to help restore calm, said spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres


Guterres is deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries, including children, from airstrikes in Gaza and the indiscriminate firing of rockets toward Israel from population centers in Gaza by Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other militant groups, the UN News Center said in a statement on Monday.

“Guterres also extends his deepest condolences to the victims of the violence and their loved ones. The hostilities have contributed to a humanitarian emergency. Crossings into Gaza have been closed and power shortages are affecting essential facilities and supplies. Hundreds of buildings and homes have been destroyed or damaged, leaving thousands of Palestinians homeless,” the statement said.

The secretary-general called on all sides to observe the ceasefire.

The Egypt-brokered ceasefire came into effect on Sunday at 11:30 PM local time (8:30 GMT) after Cairo conducted intense communications with both sides to contain the escalation.

Three days of Israeli strikes on Gaza left 43 Palestinians killed and hundreds others injured.

On Sunday evening, US President Joe Biden also thanked President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and senior Egyptian officials for their central role in mediating a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.

Guterres reaffirmed the United Nations’ commitment to the achievement of the two-state solution based on relevant United Nations resolutions, international law, and prior agreements and the importance of restoring a political horizon.

“Only a negotiated sustainable political solution will end, once and for all, these devastating cycles of violence and lead to a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis alike,” he said.

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