Egyptian security delegations arrive in Palestinian, Israeli lands to consolidate Gaza ceasefire



Fri, 21 May 2021 - 01:51 GMT


Fri, 21 May 2021 - 01:51 GMT

Palestinians celebrate in the streets following a ceasefire, in the southern Gaza Strip May 21, 2021. Reuters

Palestinians celebrate in the streets following a ceasefire, in the southern Gaza Strip May 21, 2021. Reuters

CAIRO – 21 May 2021: As per Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s directives, two security delegations arrived in Palestinian and Israeli territories to consolidate the ceasefire in Gaza, official statements read.

This comes as an Egypt-brokered ceasefire came into effect on Friday 2 A.M. Palestine time (23:00 GMT), ending 11 days of Israeli airstrikes against the Gaza Strip and military response of Palestinian factions.

The Egyptian security delegations called on the two sides to adhere to the Cairo-brokered ceasefire in Gaza.

The Palestinian factions expressed gratitude to Egypt for its efforts to reach the ceasefire and told the Egyptian security delegation that it would abide by the truce commitments.

The Palestinian factions expressed to the delegation their appreciation of Egypt’s move to open the Rafah crossing to receive the injured Palestinians and send humanitarian aid.

The Palestinian and Israeli sides called on Egypt to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire, saying they adhere to the Egyptian de-escalation efforts.

This comes a day after it was reported that two Egyptian security delegations will be dispatched to Tel Aviv and Palestinian territories to follow up the with the ceasefire implementation and maintain the stability of the situation inside the strip.

Regional and international parties welcomed the ceasefire that was reached as a result of the Egyptian efforts exerted during the past period.

US President joe Biden on Thursday thanked Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and hailed the efforts exerted by the Egyptian senior politicians to reach a ceasefire in Gaza in remarks from the White House.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to president El-Sisi and the senior Egyptian officials who played such a critical role in this diplomacy”, Biden said.

He added that he “appreciates the contributions of other parties in the region who have been engaged in working toward the end of hostilities.”

“These hostilities have resulted in the tragic deaths of so many civilians, including children. And I send my sincere condolences to all the families, Israeli and Palestinian who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery for the wounded,” Biden said.



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