Gaza war might make Egypt “resort to force,” says Foreign Minister

MENA

Published: 2024-06-03 11:50

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 15:24


Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at a press conference in Berlin. (January 2016) (Photo: AFP)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at a press conference in Berlin. (January 2016) (Photo: AFP)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated his country’s rejection of the “Israeli” presence in the Rafah Border Crossing in Gaza along the border with Egypt.

Shoukry called on “Israel” and Hamas to accept the latest ceasefire proposal, which was announced by US President Joe Biden on Friday.


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Egypt is currently awaiting “Israel’s” response to the proposed deal after the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said that it views it “positively”.

“The Israeli military presence in Gaza is rejected by the majority of the international community,” Shoukry emphasized, adding that “what is happening in Gaza concerns us [Egypt], and Israel's practices violate the rules of international law.”

After “Israel” accused Egypt of closing the Rafah Border Crossing, Shoukry said that “it is difficult to operate the Rafah crossing without coordination with the Palestinian administration.”


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“The continuation of the war has become unacceptable due to its grave consequences…Gaza has become uninhabitable without sufficient entry of humanitarian and medical aid,” Shoukry continued.

“[The war] affected freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and caused us economic damage.”

Shoukry warned “Israel” that its aggression against Gaza exposed Egypt to “risk and chaos” and might force Egypt to “resort to force instead of diplomatic means.”