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Egyptian security delegation set to monitor ceasefire arrives in Gaza and Israel

The delegations requested the Israeli and Palestinian parties commit to the ceasefire agreement

Ahram Online , Friday 21 May 2021
Palestinian supporters of the Hamas movement celebrate after a ceasefire brokered by Egypt between Hamas and Israel, in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Stip, on May 21, 2021. AFP

Two Egyptian security delegations assigned to monitor the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip arrived in Gaza and Israel this afternoon.

Egypt sent two security delegations, one to Gaza and the other to Tel Aviv, to follow up on the implementation of the ceasefire and to negotiate measures to ensure permanent stability, as per directives issued by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The delegations requested the Israeli and Palestinian parties commit to the ceasefire agreement.

Meanwhile, the delegation in Gaza began talks with Palestinian factions to stabilise the ceasefire.

On their side, the Palestinian factions expressed their appreciation for both the Egyptian efforts to reach a ceasefire and President El-Sisi’s directives to open the Rafah crossing to treat Palestinian casualties in Egypt and allow the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Both the Israeli and Palestinian parties asked Egypt to follow up and monitor the ceasefire agreement reached on Thursday, which ended 11 days of military operations in the Gaza Strip.

The "simultaneous and mutual ceasefire" came into effect as of Friday 21 May at 2am (23:00 GMT) Palestinian time.

According to the latest count released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, 243 people were killed in the latest attack against Gaza including 17 women, 66 children and 17 elderly people. In addition, 1,910 people were injured.

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