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German Foreign Minister: The bulk of the food that reaches Gaza comes through the Rafah crossing

By Manal Abdel Fattah

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock confirmed that Egypt plays a very important role, especially in combating hunger in Gaza. Since the bulk of the food supplies arriving in Gaza comes through the Rafah border crossing, “while the border crossings on the Israeli side are not opened by Israel or are opened to a limited extent.”

This came during her visit to Cairo, to discuss with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the necessary steps to end the war.

She added, according to a statement issued by the German Embassy in Cairo: “We need to open the land route,” noting that Egypt is providing great support in this, and also in caring for the sick and injured.

She pointed out, “At the same time, we must do everything in our power so that there are humanitarian truces now, and we finally reach a sustainable ceasefire and the suffering of thousands of people ends.”

She indicated that a solution could only be found in cooperation with the countries of the region, continuing: “It is very important for me to clarify all available possibilities to provide more humanitarian aid with our partners in the region.”

Today, Monday, at the Foreign Ministry’s headquarters, Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, received German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, where the two ministers held extensive discussions, most of which dealt with the situation in the Gaza Strip and efforts to stop the ongoing war.

Ambassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, the official spokesman and director of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, revealed that the discussions covered various aspects of the crisis in Gaza, and the international efforts made to reach a ceasefire and reduce the worsening humanitarian suffering of the residents of the Strip, as Sameh Shukri stressed the inevitability of enforcing the truce and ceasefire. In Gaza as soon as possible, they reviewed the contacts and efforts made by Egypt at all levels, including contacts with the American side and mediation efforts between Hamas and Israel, with the aim of reaching a truce that leads to a permanent ceasefire.
The Foreign Minister reaffirmed to his German counterpart, Egypt’s categorical rejection, and its warning, which cannot be interpreted or doubted, against any Israeli military operation in the Palestinian Rafah, as it would entail a humanitarian catastrophe that would spiral out of control and unprecedented complications.
He also stressed the need for concerted international efforts to put pressure on Israel to ensure the full entry of humanitarian aid, open land crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and not place obstacles to the arrival of aid to all areas of the Gaza Strip, including northern Gaza. The German Foreign Minister emphasized the importance of opening all crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip, and removing obstacles preventing the entry of aid.

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