Sisi, Biden probe developments of Gaza escalation, reject displacement of Palestinians

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Oct 2023

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed to US President Joe Biden in a phone call Sunday that “Egypt has not and will never allow the displacement of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Egyptian territory” read a statement by the Egyptian presidency.

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President Joe Biden listens as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a meeting at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. AP

 

During the call, El-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s firm rejection of policies that collectively punish and displace the Palestinian people.

Biden, for his part, affirmed to El-Sisi that the US likewise rejects the displacement of Palestinians outside their homeland, expressing his appreciation for the positive role played by Egypt in this crisis, said Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy.

The call touched upon the importance of preventing the expansion of the conflict into the region, added Fahmy.

El-Sisi reiterated his call for an immediate humanitarian truce to deliver humanitarian, medical, and relief aid to the people of Gaza.

Both presidents agreed on the need to increase aid sustainably and at a scale proportionate to humanitarian needs in Gaza, according to Fahmy.

They also discussed prospects for cooperation to realize the two-state solution and establish the Palestinian state in accordance with international law.

In its own separate statement, the White House said both Presidents discussed the importance of “protecting civilian lives, respect for international humanitarian law, and ensuring that Palestinians in Gaza are not displaced to Egypt or any other nation.”

Since 7 October, Israel has carried out a relentless bombardment campaign on the Gaza Strip, killing more than 8,000 and wounding more than 20,000 people.

Israeli airstrikes have destroyed more than half of the homes in Gaza, leaving more than 1.5 million Palestinians without shelter.

Moreover, Israel has put 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza under a complete blockade, cutting off all access to food, water, power, and fuel supplies, despite global warnings of a developing humanitarian catastrophe.

Egypt has designated El-Arish airport in North Sinai to receive life-saving supplies from international and regional parties to be delivered to the Palestinians through the Rafah Border Crossing, the only point not controlled by Israel.

El-Arish Airport has received over 50 planes from various countries carrying humanitarian aid to be delivered to Gaza.

Israel has so far allowed a trickle of desperately needed aid into the blockaded Palestinian territory.

More than 100 trucks of aid are needed per day to cover urgent needs.

Tens of trucks have been stalled on the Egyptian side of the crossing waiting to enter Gaza.

The UNRWA, called on the international community to pressure Israel to allow humanitarian aid to Gaza, saying many people are going hungry in the strip.

On Friday, the UN General Assembly agreed on a resolution, drafted by the Arab group, calling for an immediate humanitarian truce to preserve civilian lives and allow the immediate entry of sufficient relief aid to the Gaza Strip.

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