‘Enough is enough’: Egypt’s representative to UN urges halt to Palestinians suffering in Gaza

Zeinab El-Gundy , Friday 27 Oct 2023

"Enough is enough," Egypt's Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Osama Abdel Khalek, told an emergency UN General Assembly session, calling for an end to the suffering endured by Palestinian people in Gaza amid the ongoing Israeli war.

Egypt s Permanent Representative, Osama Abdel Khalek
Egypt s Permanent Representative, Osama Abdel Khalek

Abdel Khalek reiterated the call for the protection of the Palestinian people and the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza strip, which has endured three weeks of Israeli blockage, with no access to food, water, power, fuel, and medicines.

The UN General Assembly held an emergency meeting on Friday on the conflict to vote on a draft resolution submitted by the Arab group calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Gaza and the sustainable delivery of humanitarian aid to the strip.

The draft was submitted hours after the UN Security Council failed during its session on Wednesday to take effective action to put an end to the Israeli war, which continues for the 21st day.

Israel has killed more than 7,326 Palestinians in Gaza while injuring thousands of others and demolishing half of the strip’s housing units.

In addition, it imposes numerous restrictions on the entry of medical and aid supplies to the Palestinian territories, thus putting the strip on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.  

The Egyptian representative said “the policies of blockade and starvation have no place in the 21st century,” adding that depriving the Palestinians in Gaza of humanitarian aid “is tantamount to a death sentence under the current circumstances.”

Ambassador Abdel Khalek said the situation in Gaza has become unbearable, spotlighting the targeting of civilians, terrorism, hospital bombings, child casualties, blockades, and forced displacement.

He also asserted the refusal of the forced displacement of the Palestinians in Gaza whether internally or externally.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed its rejection of the displacement of Palestinians in response to calls to move them into Sinai even if temporarily, asserting such a step would liquidate the decade-old Palestinian cause.

Nearly 1.4 million Palestinians were internally displaced from North Gaza due to the Israeli shelling and warnings, according to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

Abdel Khalek asked for international protection for the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories, slamming the disregard of previous calls made by the Palestinian authority in this regard.

“The Palestinian Authority has repeatedly called in vain an international protection for its people under the rule of occupation, especially after the frequent transgression of the militant settlers,” he said.

He also warned of the spillover of the current conflict if the UN fails to halt the war, saying a failure to halt the war in Gaza immediately could lead the region into a devastating regional conflict as well as the spread of terrorism.

Abdel Khalek stated Egypt will continue its efforts to reach a ceasefire and protect the civilians as well as allow meditation for releasing the captives and detainees.

He also criticized the absence of a political horizon to advance a peace process leading to a two-state solution, saying this “will be a huge and chronic mistake the future generations will hold us accountable for.”

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