Egypt's FM, U.S. State Secretary discuss ongoing Israeli aggression against Palestinians

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Mon, 17 May 2021 - 08:08 GMT

FILE – Egyptian and U.S. flags

FILE – Egyptian and U.S. flags

CAIRO – 17 May 2021: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a phone call Sunday from U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken as they discussed the ongoing Israeli aggression against Palestinians.

 

Blinken "reiterated his call on all parties to deescalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence, which has claimed the lives of Israeli and Palestinian civilians, including children," the statement of the U.S. State Secretary reads. The statement also indicated that Blinken valued Egyptian unceasing efforts on that front.

 

Both ministers "highlighted the importance of the strong strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt," the statement added.

 

Shelling and airstrikes by the Israeli army against Gaza Strip and clashes with civilians in the West Bank and Jerusalem since May 10 incurred 209 deaths and 4,363 injuries, according to Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA).

 

Speaking of Gaza Strip alone, casualties recorded 188 deaths, including 55 children and 33 women, and 1,238 injuries whereas dozens are in critical conditions.

 

The strikes also caused the destruction of more than 200 residential units and 31 educational establishments, including schools, colleges, and vocational training centers so as hundreds of families fled from the North to the South.

 

On the other hand, Magen David Agom announced that 10 Israelis got killed since the beginning of the "Fence Guardian" operation on Monday while 675 others got injured.

 

On Saturday, the Israeli forces struck a number of towers in Gaza Strip. One of those housed the offices of a number of media outlets.

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