Diaa Rashwan (File photo: Al-Ahram)
“Egypt has been actively involved on a humanitarian level by providing support to the Palestinian brothers [and] exerting political and diplomatic efforts to facilitate the passage of Egyptian and international aid through the Rafah crossing,” Rashwan said in a statement.
He noted that the Rafah crossing has become the sole lifeline for the people in Gaza to receive assistance, transport the wounded, and allow the evacuation of foreign civilians.
Rashwan highlighted that Egypt's efforts for Gaza are globally appreciated, whether in the humanitarian field or the intensive political efforts to halt the aggression and move towards a comprehensive political settlement of the Palestinian issue based on international decisions.
“This settlement includes the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” he said, echoing the Egyptian official stance.
Informing the world
The head of the SIS stated that the service is helping foreign correspondents closely follow Egyptian efforts by providing them with official data and information.
“The reporters have the opportunity to visit Arish and the Rafah crossing, and meetings are organized with officials in the state,” he said, referring to Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s press conference at the Rafah crossing in late October.
The SIS has organized three tours of Arish and Rafah for foreign correspondents, Rashwan added.
The first tour on 31 October was attended by 60 foreign reporters from 38 outlets, while the second and third tours on 15 and 18 November were attended by representatives from 49 and 37 outlets, respectively.
Rashwan himself has held two international press conferences to explain Egypt’s stance that were attended by hundreds of journalists.
The first conference was in Cairo, and the second was in front of the Rafah crossing. During these, Rashwan refuted many misleading narratives about the situation in Gaza, describing it as a brutal aggression against the Palestinian people, characterized by killing, destruction, and forced displacement.
“The authority will continue to respond to requests from reporters who wish to obtain more information about Egyptian efforts, hold meetings with relevant officials, or visit the city and airport of Arish and access the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing,” Rashwan said in the conclusion of his statement.
In an attempt to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza, Egypt has provided more than 14,500 tons of humanitarian aid, Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj revealed on Tuesday.
This is in addition to helping to deliver 11,500 tons of aid from 30 other countries through the Rafah crossing, El-Qabbaj added.
On Monday, Egypt received 28 premature Palestinian babies evacuated from the besieged Gaza Strip through Rafah, Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar announced.
Moreover, Egypt and Qatar have been working to reach a truce deal, according to an official high-level Egyptian source who spoke to Al-Qahera News Channel on Tuesday.
Previous efforts by both countries secured the release of two Israeli captives by Hamas last month.