Sisi and Biden discuss military escalation in Gaza Strip

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Oct 2023

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Monday with US President Joe Biden the recent developments regarding the military escalation in the Gaza strip, the Egyptian Presidency announced.

Biden and Sisi
US President Joe Biden and Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Photo: Egyptian Presidency

The telephone call came as part of the follow-up on the results of the recent visit by the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Cairo and the continous consultations between both countries regarding the tense regional situation.

According to the Egyptian Presidency, the two presidents agreed on the seriousness of the current situation and the importance of containing it to prevent the expansion of the conflict and the threat to regional security and stability.

They also emphasized the priority of protecting civilians and delivering humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Humanitarian aid is stuck at the Rafah crossing border where tens of trucks carrying tons of aids and supplies are blocked from entry by Israel.

Cairo said the vital infrastructure of the Rafah crossing on the Palestinian side has suffered damage due to recurrent Israeli air strikes, disrupting its regular operation.

Sisi and Biden also also discussed ongoing consultations in coordination with the United Nations and the efforts to promote and revive the peace process. 

Egypt will host a summit on Saturday to discuss the escalation in Gaza in collaboration with regional and international partners

For the tenth consecutive day, the Israeli army carried out airstrikes and artillery bombardments against the Gaza Strip, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, resulting in the loss of hundreds of Palestinian civilian lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands. More than 1,400 Israelis have been killed.

Over the past week, Egypt has advocated ceasing Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, protecting civilian populations, and facilitating humanitarian aid access.

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