20/04/2024 12:37 PM

JOHANNESBURG, April 20 (Bernama-Anadolu) -- With the support of its United States (US) and Qatari partners, Egypt is striving to secure a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, said Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Friday.

“Both Hamas and Israel must show the political will, take responsibility to reach a ceasefire and protect civilians,” Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Shoukry as saying to state broadcaster, SABC, in Pretoria after bilateral talks with his South African counterpart, Naledi Pandor.

Egypt, Qatar and the US have been negotiating a ceasefire and the end to the Israeli war which started in October.

“It’s essential that we continue to focus on the lives and safety of the Palestinian people. Over 33,000, people have been killed, among them 20,000 women and children. It is appalling and must stop. We must reach a ceasefire, return hostages and detainees,” he said.

Shoukry said there is a need to provide humanitarian assistance to Gazans and it should be recognised that displacements constitute a war crime.

“We must regain peace and security and a political horizon to provide legitimate rights of Palestinian people and the creation of their state in line with June 1967 and East Jerusalem as its capital,” said Shoukry.


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