Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

President Sisi, UN Chief Highlight Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Thu 09 May 2024 | 08:30 PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently discussed the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza, particularly emphasizing the dire consequences of Israeli military operations in the Palestinian city of Rafah. The conversation, which took place over a phone call, centered on the urgent need for international cooperation to stabilize the region and prevent the conflict from escalating.

Dr. Ahmed Fahmy, the official spokesperson for the Egyptian Presidency, relayed that the leaders reviewed the ongoing efforts by Egypt to negotiate a ceasefire and truce in Gaza. They stressed the importance of cohesive international support to bolster current mediation initiatives aimed at alleviating the tense situation. Both leaders are pushing for a breakthrough to ease the crisis and avoid widening the conflict further.

The discussion also underscored the critical necessity for immediate, unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid throughout Gaza. The local infrastructure is near collapse, posing severe risks of famine and disease to the civilian population. The call highlighted the essential role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is crucial in supporting the Palestinian people during these challenging times.

Additionally, President El-Sisi and Secretary-General Guterres expressed deep concerns over the significant humanitarian impacts of the Israeli operations in Rafah. These military actions severely hinder the safe evacuation of injured and sick individuals and block the entry of necessary humanitarian and relief supplies.

This dialogue between the Egyptian and UN leaders sheds light on the international community's concerns about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. It emphasizes the critical role of global diplomacy and collaboration in seeking peace and ensuring the well-being of the affected populations in this longstanding conflict.