Egypt’s FM Shokry says Cairo intensifies efforts to reach cease fire in Palestine

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Mon, 17 May 2021 - 04:06 GMT

CAIRO – 17 May 2021: Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shokry said Monday that Egypt has intensified its efforts and communications to reach a cease fire in Palestine and protect civilians from violence acts and aggressions.

He added in statements that agreeing on a cease fire is a solution that is in the interest of all parties and will enhance the stability of the region.

Shokry said that all what is witnessed in Gaza Strip currently is mainly ‘destruction’ and violence against civilians.

The Egyption FM warned Israel from trying to change the Arab-nature of Jerusalem. He called on the Israeli government not to take any escalating steps that increase the tension in the city.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi called for putting an end to the ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis immediately.

He affirmed that Egypt is always exerting efforts in this regard, saying “Hope to end this conflict exists as long as all of us are working together.”

President Sisi’s comments were given to reporters on Monday on the sidelines of the France-held conference for Supporting Sudan's Transitional Period and the Funding African Economies Summit.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayyeh urged the international community to intervene to stop the continued Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

During a government meeting on Monday, Shtayyeh explained preparations are underway to send medical supplies to the Gaza Strip.

“We are coordinating with Egypt along with other international organizations to secure a path for medical supplies into Gaza Strip” Shtayyeh said.

He added that his country is determine to head to the ‘United Nations General Assembly’ where no country has the right of ‘veto’

He noted that Israel is not able to achieve ‘peace, occupation and security at the same time’.

He stressed the need of a legitimate and legal solution for the conflict, noting that the international solidarity with his country represents the continuation of the Palestinian cause.

Shtayyeh said that the ‘brutal Israeli raids’ have wiped out entire families in Gaza, describing the attacks to be ‘systematic war crimes’

Shelling and airstrikes by the Israeli army against Gaza Strip and clashes with civilians in the West Bank and Jerusalem since May 10 incurred 220 deaths and 6,039 injuries, according to Palestinian health Ministry

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.

 

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