CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Thursday a phone call from his British counterpart William Hague, discussing Egyptian efforts to stop the Israeli strikes on Gaza strip, according to a statement issued Thursday from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.
In 10 days, 80 Palestinian people were killed including 17 children and 16 women while more than 570 others were injured including 120 children and 170 women, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday in a statement. Israel has launched air strikes on Gaza since July 1, a day after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli settlers were found in the West Bank.
Hague praised the Egyptian role to de-escalate the conflict between Israel and Hamas, who has control over the Gaza Strip, saluting Egypt’s decision to open the Rafah crossing for injured Palestinians to receive medical treatment in Egyptian hospitals, the Foreign Ministry’s statement read.
Egypt opened the Rafah-Gaza crossing for a few hours to transport injured Palestinians to hospitals in Egypt.
Shoukry called on Britain to pressure Israel into stopping the air raids against civilians.
The Egyptian minister demanded that the EU and the United States of America take immediate action to put an end to the ongoing escalation, the statement added.
He emphasized Egypt’s support to hold an emergency meeting in the Security Council of the United Nations on Israeli military escalation.
Shoukry participates in the meetings of the Legislative Committee for the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Jeddah for the Israeli and Palestinian case.
Egypt has taken humanitarian measures to support Palestinian people, providing ambulances to transport injured people to Egyptian hospitals near the Rafah crossing, said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atti to the “News Room” Program on CBC extra channel Thursday.
Egypt is conducting contacts with both the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop the “scourges of this aggression,” Atti added.