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Thu 18 Apr 2024 9:50 pm - Jerusalem Time

Egypt renews its rejection of a possible Israeli invasion of Rafah

Today, Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed the necessity of an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, reiterating Cairo’s rejection of any possible military operation in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.


This came during a phone call that Shoukry received from his Polish counterpart, Radoslaw Sikorski, according to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.


During the phone call, the Polish minister expressed “Warsaw’s appreciation for Egypt’s provision of all necessary facilities to repatriate the body of a Polish citizen to his country, who was killed as a result of the Israeli operation against humanitarian relief employees working at the World Central Kitchen Association in Gaza,” according to the statement.


In early April, the World Central Kitchen organization announced a temporary and immediate halt to its operations in Gaza, after 7 members of its team, including a Polish man, were killed in an Israeli air strike.


In turn, Shoukry expressed during the phone call "Cairo's appreciation for the Polish side's support of Egyptian health care facilities working to treat injured Palestinians."


He stressed "the necessity of an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the complete, safe and unhindered access of humanitarian aid to the brotherly Palestinian people inside the Strip."


The Egyptian Foreign Minister renewed his "complete rejection of any military operation in the Palestinian Rafah, given its serious humanitarian repercussions."


Israel insists on invading Rafah, claiming to confront the last stronghold of the Hamas movement, despite increasing international warnings of catastrophic repercussions, in light of the presence of about 1.4 million displaced people there.

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