Egypt rejects Israeli policy of distorting facts

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 May 2024

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry affirmed on Tuesday Egypt’s categorical rejection of the Israeli policy of distorting the facts and disavowing responsibility, stressing that Israel is solely responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe endured by the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry
Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry

 

Shoukry's remarks came following the statements of the Israeli foreign minister demanding the reopening of the Rafah border crossing and holding Egypt responsible for preventing a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip

The Egyptian foreign minister stressed that Israeli military operations in Rafah and the subsequent control over the Palestinian side of the crossing, along with the resulting threats to the lives of relief workers and truck drivers, are the main reason for the difficulty in delivering aid through the crossing.

According to the foreign ministry’s official statement, Shoukry strongly denounced the desperate attempts of the Israeli side to hold Egypt responsible for the unprecedented humanitarian crisis facing the Gaza Strip.

This crisis has resulted from the indiscriminate Israeli aggression against the Palestinians for over seven months, in which more than 35,000 citizens have been killed, most of whom were women and children, the statement added.

Furthermore, the top Egyptian diplomat called on Israel to fulfil its legal responsibility as the occupying power, by allowing aid entry through the land crossings under its control.

Meanwhile, a high-level Egyptian source told Al-Qahera News TV channel that Egypt has informed Israel of the risks of persisting in blocking humanitarian aid from entering the Gaza Strip

"There is no truth to what the Israeli foreign minister said about Egypt’s responsibility for closing the Rafah crossing," the source stressed, adding that the closure of the crossing is due to the unjustified escalation carried out by Israel in the Palestinian city of Rafah. 

Since the start of the war in October, the Rafah crossing has served as the main pathway for thousands of humanitarian aid trucks delivering life-saving aid from Egypt, other countries, and relief agencies.

Egypt has also facilitated the evacuation of tens of thousands of dual passport holders, Egyptians, and seriously injured individuals from Gaza over the past months.

The crossing capture last week, following the Israeli control of the Palestinian side of Rafah, has granted Israel control over the entry and exit of people and goods for the first time since the withdrawal of its soldiers and settlers from the strip in 2005.

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