Egypt’s Al-Sisi, Biden agree to temporarily deliver aid to Gaza via Kerem Shalom

Mohamed Samir
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US President Joe Biden and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi have agreed to facilitate aid delivery to UN personnel in Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing until a legal mechanism is established to reopen the Rafah crossing from the Palestinian side.


This came during a Friday phone call, as the two leaders addressed the severe shortages of basic necessities in Gaza, including fuel for hospitals and bakeries.


Biden expressed deep appreciation for Egypt’s ongoing mediation efforts aimed at securing a ceasefire and truce agreement. The leaders stressed the urgent need to intensify international efforts to ensure the success of negotiations and alleviate the prolonged humanitarian suffering of the Palestinian people.


Both presidents reaffirmed their commitment to a two-state solution in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions, rejected any attempts to displace Palestinians from their land, and supported efforts to prevent further escalation and expansion of the conflict.

Following the call, a high-level Egyptian source told Daily News Egypt that the Rafah Crossing is an Egyptian-Palestinian crossing, and Egypt will reintroduce aid through a mechanism to be agreed upon in coordination with the Palestinian Authority.

The source added that Egypt is keen to quickly find temporary solutions to bring fuel into the Gaza Strip to operate hospitals that have stopped working.

The source indicated that the temporary arrangement through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, is based on Egypt’s keenness to alleviate the shortage of aid until Israel withdraws from the vicinity of Rafah crossing and returns to normal operation according to an agreed-upon mechanism.

Moreover, the source stressed Egypt’s commitment
to the constants of the Palestinian cause and its insistence on not accepting the de facto policy that the other side is trying to impose on the ground.


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Mohamed Samir Khedr is an economic and political journalist, analyst, and editor specializing in geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. For the past decade, he has covered Egypt's and the MENA region's financial, business, and geopolitical updates. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt, where he leads a team of journalists in producing high-quality, in-depth reporting and analysis on the region's most pressing issues. His work has been featured in leading international publications. Samir is a highly respected expert on the Middle East and Africa, and his insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academics, and business leaders. He is a passionate advocate for independent journalism and a strong believer in the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. Twitter: LinkedIn:
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