In the midst of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, recently shared his thoughts on the uncertain future of Gaza. Shoukry stressed the importance of granting the Palestinian Authority governance over Gaza and the West Bank and emphasized that this decision lies in the hands of the Palestinian people.
Recognizing the Legitimate Representatives of the Palestinian People
Egypt acknowledges the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization as the valid representation of the Palestinian people. This recognition stands as a pivotal aspect of Egypt's stance on the matter, as it continues to play a key role in the ongoing negotiations and peace processes.
Egypt's Stance on the Temporary Relocation of Palestinians
Shoukry also made it clear that Egypt would not allow the temporary relocation of Palestinians to its territory during Israel's military operations in Gaza. He cited it as a breach of international law and stated firmly that Egypt will not be part of any such violations. He further clarified that the Palestinians themselves do not wish to leave and should not be forcibly displaced.
Humanitarian Aid Access to Gaza
Prior to the Egyptian presidential elections, candidates expressed their unanimous rejection of the return of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization. Simultaneously, Egypt has reiterated its call to eliminate barriers that hinder adequate and sustainable humanitarian aid access to Gaza. This call comes in light of reported congestion at the Rafah border crossing, with a backlog of aid trucks waiting to deliver much-needed supplies.
Grand Egyptian Museum and Political Climate
In other news, Egypt is working tirelessly to open all sections of the Grand Egyptian Museum, following the public inauguration of the Great Staircase, the Suspended Obelisk area, the Grand Hall, and the Glass Atrium. Concurrently, the extensive display of banners and images supporting President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ahead of the elections has ignited widespread discussion among Egyptians.
Struggle for Heating in Idlib's Countryside
Meanwhile, in the region, residents of Idlib's countryside in Syria are grappling with economic hardships and limited options for affordable heating materials. This struggle comes amidst rising poverty and scarce resources, despite the availability of materials like pistachio shells, hazelnut shells, and apricot seeds, known for their easy ignition and minimal smoke production. The United Nations estimates that approximately two million people live in camps in northwestern Syria. Many of these camps lack basic services, thereby heightening their need for assistance in securing basic necessities each year.