Tue, 18 May 2021 - 08:04 GMT
CAIRO – 18 May 2021: Prominent Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan thanked Egypt and President Abdel Fattah al Sisi for allocating $500 million to the reconstruction of Gaza Strip, describing the decision to be a new historical step that will never be forgotten.
“Egypt has never failed the Palestinian people; it has always been with Palestine through thick and thin. The Egyptian soldier fought and martyred for the sake of our country.” Dahlan wrote on his facebook page.
He added that “the Egyptian universities provided knowledge to tens of thousands of Palestinians, and we were never treated as a refugee in Cairo, but lived inside the country same as any other Egyption”
“Today, President Sisi adds new and major achievement to Egypt's permanent stances by announcing allocating $500M for the reconstruction of Gaza and building a modern infrastructure for our people in the Strip. President Sisi decided that with great generosity, affirming the unity of destiny between our two brotherly peoples.” Dahlan stated
Dahlan further added, “just as we do not forget the sacrifices of the Egyptian armed forces, we will never forget this decision, which came in a difficult and dangerous phase of our people's struggle for freedom and independence.”
Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo Diab al-Louh thanked Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah al Sisi for the continuous support for the Palestinian cause.
He stressed in statements Tuesday, that “this is Egypt which is always keen to preserve the blood of the Palestinian people”.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praises Egypt’s ‘national stance’ to support the Palestinian people facing the Israeli ongoing aggression.
In a Tuesday statement, Abbas expressed his high appreciation and thanks to president Abdel Fattah al Sisi, and his important initiative to contribute in supporting the Palestinian people to rebuild what was destroyed in Gaza.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced Tuesday during his visit to Paris that Egypt is allocating $500 million to the reconstruction of Gaza Strip, and that Egyptian firms will take part in the work.
The announcement was made during his participation in a tripartite summit with his French counterpart Emanuel Macron and Kind Abdullah of Jordan.
Since May 7, Israeli forces in the West Bank and Jerusalem have been engaged in clashes with civilians who were protesting forced displacement, particularly from Sheikh Jarrah eastern Jerusalem, and assaults on worshippers in Al Aqsa Mosque. And, since May 10, Israel has been shelling and carrying out airstrikes against Gaza Strip. The aggression has thus far incurred 236 deaths and 6,278 injuries, as reported by the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).
The strikes also caused the destruction of more than 200 residential units in Gaza Strip and 31 educational establishments, including schools, colleges, and vocational training centers. According to the United Nations, 40,000 Palestinians got displaced – mainly from the North to the South – while 2,500 lost their homes.
On the other hand, Magen David Agom announced that 10 Israelis got killed since the beginning of the "Fence Guardian" operation on May 10 while 675 others got injured.