Cairo, 7 November 2023 (TDI): President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received on Sunday a phone call from the President of the European Commission (EU) to discuss Israeli military escalation in Gaza.

The call focused on consultations regarding the developments in the Israeli military escalation in Gaza, though it further discussed the situation in the Middle East.

The senior EU official praised Egypt for supporting Gaza during hard times.

Moreover, Egypt was also lauded for helping foreign nationals exit.

President Sisi stressed Egypt’s intense efforts for humanitarian aid coordination. Furthermore, he emphasized the urgency of an immediate ceasefire.

The international community has a political and moral responsibility to take serious and effective measures to protect Palestinian civilians.

Although he condemned the policy of collective punishment, he added.

President Sisi renewed Cairo’s categorical refusal to resolve the Palestinian issue without finding a just solution through the expulsion of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to Egypt.

He called for efforts to restore calm and chart a political path towards a two-state solution, which is the only path to just and lasting peace in the region.

Furthermore, the two leaders also reviewed efforts underway to deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

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European Commission president stated we are currently focusing our efforts on three main directions. Firstly, on humanitarian support.

Two weeks ago we had already tripled our aid to Gaza. Moreover, today I can announce that we are increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza by a further 25 million euros, she added.

This would mean that the European Union would spend a total of 100 million euros in humanitarian aid for the civilian population in Gaza.

At the same time, we are working with Israel, Egypt and the United Nations to allow more convoys into the Gaza Strip, including through corridors and stops for humanitarian purposes.

However, the deadly Israel-Hamas conflict has led to the deaths of over 9,770 Palestinians in Gaza and more than 1,400 in Israel.