Fri, 20 Oct 2023 - 01:09 GMT
Fri, 20 Oct 2023 - 01:09 GMT
Egypt is witnessing intensified diplomatic, humanitarian and public activities on Friday amid the continuation of the Israeli aggression on the enclave for the 13th day.
UN Chief Antonio Guterres made a visit to Rafah to check on humanitarian aid, while world leaders are arriving in Egypt to participate in the Cairo peace summit scheduled for tomorrow to discuss the developments in Gaza. Meanwhile, scores of Egyptians are in streets to send a message of solidarity to Palestinians.
18:00: In his meeting with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said that relocating Palestinian civilians from Gaza to Sinai is extremely dangerous and may end the Palestinian cause, “and we are keen for it not to happen.”
“We need to move quickly before being unable to contain the situation in the region," said President El-Sisi, adding “We need cooperation so that the region does not go into a regional war.”
President El-Sisi said that about 4,000 civilians, including 1,500 children were killed in the Gaza Strip, “so we must intervene to prevent the death of many civilians.”
17:30: Amnesty International says it has documented ‘unlawful Israeli attacks’, including indiscriminate attacks, which caused mass civilian casualties in Gaza, demanding international investigations in ‘war crimes’
The Non-governmental organization said that it have spoken to survivors and eyewitnesses, analyzed satellite imagery, and verified photos and videos to investigate air bombardments carried out by Israeli forces between 7 and 12 October, which caused horrific destruction, and in some cases ‘wiped out entire families.’
16:30: Explosions were heard amid reports of strikes against the Rafah border crossing on the Gazan side, AlQahera News correspondent said.
The correspondent added added that the new strikes did not affect the Egyptian equipment fixing the road leading to the crossing.
15:45: Sisi received British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Cairo. During the meeting, Sisi said relocating civilians from Gaza to Sinai is extremely dangerous and may end the Palestinian cause.
Sisi affirmed the we need for further effort in the region before becoming unable to contain the situation. He also stressed the importance of reviving the peace process and establishing the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.
For his part, Sunak said the UK is keen to play an important role together with Egypt in order to ensure that the humanitarian aid can get to people as quickly as possible.
15:30: Many leaders will attend the Cairo Peace Summit scheduled for Saturday to discuss the conflict in Gaza. Leaders who already arrived in Cairo include Sunak, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Bahrain's King Hamad bin Eissa.
14:15: Scores of Egyptians have taken to the streets across Egypt to demand a halt of the Israeli crimes in the enclave, reject the Palestinian people displacement and affirm solidarity with the Palestinians.
Protesters were seen burning the Israeli flag in rejection of the relentless Israeli crimes.
13:30: At the Rafah crossing, Guterres said the humanitarian aid must move as quickly as possible.
In a press conference, he affirmed that two million people in Gaza have been trapped without enough supplies now for nearly two weeks.
“We are witnessing a paradox: behind these walls we have 2 million people that are suffering enormously, have no water, no food, no medicine, no food, that is under fire, that needs everything to survive".
“we have seen so many trucks loaded with water, with food, with medicines – exactly the same thing that is needed on this side of the wall. These are a lifeline. They are the difference between life and death for so many people in Gaza.”
12:00: Speaker of Egypt's House of Representatives Hanafi El-Gebaly addressed the 35th Arab Parliamentary Union Emergency Conference in Baghdad, affirming rejection of the displacement of Palestinians from Gaza as this will lead to the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.