Sisi, UN chief reject Palestinian displacement, Rafah military operation

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Mar 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced their “complete and categorical” rejection of the displacement of Palestinians from their lands as well as of any military operation in the Palestinian border city of Rafah.



According to a statement by the Egyptian presidency, the pair also warned of the “disastrous” consequences of any operation in Rafah.

The Egyptian president and the UN chief also stressed that the two-state solution is the only viable path to achieving justice, security and stability.

They called for creating appropriate conditions to move ahead with the two-state path, the statement added.

El-Sisi urged the UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities related to the war in Gaza, stressing the danger of some countries suspending their support to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“This is considered collective punishment of innocent Palestinians,” the statement quoted El-Sisi as saying.

El-Sisi also praised the efforts exerted by Guterres to urge the international community to contribute to stopping the war reflecting his keenness to adhere to international law and international cooperation law.

Guterres landed in the Egyptian city of Arish in North Sinai on Saturday in his second visit to the country since the start of the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

He met injured Palestinians who were receiving treatment at Arish General Hospital and inspected the blocked relief trucks on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing, where he held a press conference highlighting the suffering endured by the Palestinians. 

The UN chief hailed Egypt’s regional role as a pivotal pillar of stability.

He also praised the Egyptian efforts to push for a ceasefire in Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid.

Egypt was keen “to keep the Rafah land port open continuously over the past months since the beginning of the current crisis,” the UN chief said.

He said Egypt has exerted huge effort to lead and manage the process of delivering aid to the people of Gaza, despite the severe obstacles and difficulties facing that process, the statement noted. 

He reiterated the necessity of securing a ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian purposes so that aid can be delivered and distributed effectively.

Israel has killed more than 32,000 Palestinians and injured almost 75,000 since 7 October.

It has also destroyed most of the homes and infrastructure in the strip, leaving the majority of the 2.4 million civilian population on the brink of famine.

On Friday, the UNSC failed to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in the strip.

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