Egyptian, Iranian FMs exchange views on field, humanitarian conditions in Gaza

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Oct 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian exchanged views on the deteriorating field and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip, during a phone call on Monday.

Egyptian, Iranian FMs
Egyptian, Iranian FMs exchange views on field, humanitarian conditions in Gaza in phone call


Both ministers discussed means to alleviate the burden of human suffering endured by the Palestinians amid the ongoing Israeli bombing, according to a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Minister Shoukry highlighted the risks of expanding the conflict or spreading violence to other areas, adding that this would threaten the region’s stability and portend unpredictable consequences.

They also stressed the importance of coordinating efforts at the regional and international levels to provide “safe and sustainable access to humanitarian and relief aid to Gaza.”

Shoukry briefed Amir-Abdollahian on the results of the Cairo Peace Summit, held on Saturday, which is the first combined effort of regional and international parties to interact politically with the crisis, urging all parties to build on its outcomes to stop the escalation.

Israel has imposed a total blockade on Gaza since 7 October, depriving the strip’s 2.3 population of food, power, and medicine.

Israel allowed the entry of only three convoys — comprising a total of 55 trucks — of medical supplies and humanitarian aid into Gaza on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through the Egyptian Rafah crossing, according to Sky News Arabia.

Other trucks are still on the Egyptian side waiting to enter Gaza. 

The UN said that 100 trucks must enter daily to meet the needs of the Palestinians living in the strip.

Israeli airstrikes over the past two weeks have killed more than 4,700 Palestinians, including 1,750 children, and displaced around 1.4 million inhabitants, which is around 60 percent of the Gazan population.

Over 1.6 million individuals in Gaza are in critical need of humanitarian aid, five UN agencies said in a statement on Saturday.

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