Shoukry regrets UNHRC's blind eye to addressing Gaza war

Radwa ElSayed Hani , Wednesday 28 Feb 2024

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed regret on Wednesday that the high-level segment of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meetings saw several international parties turn a blind eye to the human suffering of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R), Lord Tariq Ahmad, UK's Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa (L). Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry


According to a statement issued by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Shoukry further denounced in a phone call with Lord Tariq Ahmad, the UK's Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, the double standards and selectivity in dealing with the deteriorating human rights conditions in the Gaza Strip.

He also described the stance of several international parties on Gaza as a disgrace.

During the call, Shoukry stressed the legal, humanitarian, and moral responsibility that international parties bear towards ending this humanitarian crisis and halting the Israeli aggression and violations against the Palestinians once and for all.

He also underscored the importance of ending human suffering in Gaza by complying with the provisions of international law, those of relevant UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, and the temporary measures imposed by the International Court of Justice. 

Furthermore, the Egyptian FM stressed that humanitarian and relief aid should be fully admitted into Gaza without hindrance and that the international parties must pressure Israel into removing any obstacles preventing aid from flowing smoothly into the strip.

Shoukry also noted that Palestinian civilians, who are constantly targeted, are suffering from starvation and the destruction of the services and infrastructure in an utterly inhuman way, which raises many questions about the credibility of the international community and the working mechanisms of the international order.

In addition, both ministers discussed efforts to reach a new truce as soon as possible to calm the situation in Gaza. 

They also discussed exchanging prisoners and detainees between the parties to the conflict to achieve a permanent ceasefire, which remains one of Egypt's cardinal aims, the statement noted.

Furthermore, Shoukry warned of the catastrophic humanitarian repercussions of ground military operations in the city of Rafah on the residents of the Gaza Strip and their implications for security and stability in the region.

As Israel's war of aggression on the Gaza Strip enters its 144th day, Tel Aviv is facing growing international pressure to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza.

The Israeli army has killed, to date, nearly 30,000 and wounded over 70,000 since 7 October, most of whom are women and children.

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