Egypt FM explores ways to contain conflict in Gaza with Greek, Tunisian counterparts

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Oct 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed in phone calls with his Greek and Tunisian counterparts ways to contain the escalating situation in the Gaza Strip amid the increasing violence and the attacks on the strip which led to a deterioration in the humanitarian and security situation for the Palestinians in Gaza.

Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry. AFP
Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry. AFP


Shoukry emphasized in separate discussions with Greek FM Giorgos Gerapetritis and Tunisian FM Othman Jerandi the importance of coordinating regional and international efforts to reach an immediate halt to escalation, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Shoukry stressed that the current situation should compel the international community to address the root causes behind the escalation and strive to find a suitable political vision to achieve a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.

Israel has declared a state of war and launched deadly and devastating airstrikes in response to Hamas's surprise attack on Saturday.

According to media reports citing the Palestinian Health Ministry, the Israeli airstrikes have left some 830 Palestinians dead, including 140 children and 105 women, and wounded over 4,250 people.

Saturday’s Hamas attack, named Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, has resulted in the deaths of approximately 900 Israelis and the capture of tens of others.

Ongoing Egyptian efforts

Egypt, a regional linchpin, is pressing ahead with efforts to halt the current military confrontations and restore calm to the enclave.

Over the past few hours, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had several phone conversations with world leaders, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, Turkish President Erdogan, and President of the UAE Mohamed bin Zayed to explore ways to stop violence escalation. 

Shoukry also had phone conversations with various international and regional counterparts since the violence broke out to discuss ways to de-escalate the situation in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt has also been exerting efforts to provide humanitarian aid for Palestinians. 

On Monday, Egypt’s Decent Life Initiative foundation opened the door for donations to Palestine amid the current fighting.

Additionally, Egypt's Red Crescent dispatched emergency medical aid to Gaza on Sunday via the Rafah border crossing.

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