Sisi warns of expansion of the Israel-Gaza conflict in phone call with Dutch PM

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Oct 2023

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed the need to avoid an expansion of the Israel-Gaza conflict in a phone call with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte on Sunday, according to a statement by the Egyptian presidency.

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Egypt President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte phone call. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

The conversation focused on military operations in the Gaza Strip, with both El-Sisi and Rutte agreeing that an expansion of the conflict would “pose a serious threat to the security and stability of the Middle East.”

El-Sisi affirmed that Egypt will continue its regional and international efforts to halt military escalation.

They also highlighted the humanitarian harm to Palestinian civilians in the embattled enclave and the dire need to sustain the delivery of aid to mitigate their suffering, read the statement.

The president emphasized the importance of delivering such aid in a regular and prompt manner, added the statement.

Rutte expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s intense efforts in this regard, which culminated in the organization of the Cairo Summit for Peace on Saturday, as well as the start of the delivery of aid through the Rafah border crossing.

Israel has imposed a complete blockade on 2.3 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, cutting off all food, water, power, and fuel supplies.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it has received 34 trucks of relief aid through the Rafah Crossing since Saturday

However, UN officials say at least 100 trucks a day are required in Gaza to cover urgent needs

Israeli airstrikes over the past two weeks have killed more than 4,700 Palestinians, including 1,750 children, and displaced around 1.4 million inhabitants, which is around 60 percent of the Gazan population.

Over 1.6 million individuals in Gaza are in critical need of humanitarian aid, five UN agencies said in a statement on Saturday.

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