Minister Shoukry highlighted the legal and humanitarian obligations of international parties to halt the conflict against the Gaza Strip and achieve an immediate ceasefire. He condemned the Security Council's repeated failure on February 20 to issue a ceasefire resolution, following the US representative's veto against the Algerian-submitted resolution. This failure raises questions about the feasibility and credibility of the international system's rules and mechanisms.
“Now, I understand why Israelis might wish to have an assault on Rafah. But the consequences of such an operation are, I am afraid today, a massive impact on the 1.1 million people living there. Quite probably a slaughter because the humanitarian operation has no illusions about it,” he said.
Egypt’s statement came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a television interview on Sunday that Israel will make the ground military operation in Rafah, despite Egypt’s warnings.