Egypt intensifies efforts to resume ceasefire negotiations

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 May 2024

Egypt is persistently working to resume Gaza's ceasefire talks and facilitate the exchange of captives and prisoners, a high-level Egyptian source told Al-Qahera News TV channel on Saturday.



The source added that Cairo is also actively engaging in intensive communications to restore calm in the Gaza Strip while ensuring fuel and medical supplies to hospitals in the strip.

He asserted that Egypt's humanitarian concern for the Palestinian people has led it to exert significant pressure on Israel to urgently allow the entry of relief materials and fuel into Gaza.

Cairo stresses the urgent need to open all land crossings between Israel and Gaza and halt Israeli actions that hinder the delivery of aid, the Egyptian source noted.

In addition, he highlighted Egypt's warning against a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza due to the ongoing targeting of the health system, hospitals, bakeries, aid stores, and safe areas in the strip.

On Friday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and US President Joe Biden agreed to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and fuel to the United Nations at the Karm Abu Salem border crossing temporarily until a legal mechanism for reopening the Rafah border crossing from the Palestinian side is established.

El-Sisi and Biden's agreement came shortly after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Israel must immediately halt its military offensive and any other action in Rafah and open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to allow the entry of humanitarian aid.

Hours after the ICJ's ruling, Israel carried out strikes on the Gaza Strip, including Rafah, as efforts to reach a ceasefire are underway in Paris.

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