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Egypt Plays Positive Role in De-escalating Israeli War on Gaza, Reaching Ceasefire

El-Sisi made his remarks during an inspection tour of the Third Field Army’s Fourth Armoured Division in Suez city on the 50th anniversary of the October War victory.

“We make significant efforts to provide civilians in the Gaza Strip with all the necessary aid and alleviate their suffering,” El-Sisi said, adding that “Egypt deals with all crises using wisdom and patience, without excessive use of force.”

In his speech, the Egyptian president stated that Egypt played a positive role in containing escalation in the Gaza Strip during the five rounds of conflict over the past 20 years.

Reiterating Egypt’s official longstanding stance supporting the two-state solution, El-Sisi stated that a Palestinian state must be established on the 4 June 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital to ensure the security of both the Israeli and Palestinian people.

During the event, the Egyptian president revealed that many events had been planned to celebrate the anniversary of the war but had to be scrapped due to the situation in Gaza.

“The Egyptian military, with its strength, stature, capabilities, and efficiency, is committed to protecting Egypt and its national security without exceeding its mandate,” El-Sisi said.

The responsible use of power with maturity, restraint, and wisdom while avoiding tyranny is of utmost importance, he stated.

The inspection tour included a parade of the weapons used by the Egyptian Armed Forces during the October 1973 War as well as weapons and arms in service through the present.

Egypt has been calling for an immediate, sustainable, and non-conditional ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and a cessation of all attempts to forcibly displace Palestinians from their land.

Egypt has been playing a role in the ongoing talks to release the Israeli civilian captives. On Monday, following successful Egyptian-Qatar meditation, Hamas’ military wing the Al-Qassam Brigades released two Israelis from around 200 held by the militant group since 7 October.

Egypt also has been working with the US and the United Nations to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza via the Rafah crossing, which has been targeted four times by Israeli forces in the past 19 days.

As of Tuesday night, around 60 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid entered the strip, with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres describing them as “a drop of aid in an ocean of need.”

“To ease epic suffering, make the delivery of aid easier and safer, and facilitate the release of captives, I reiterate my appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire,” Guterres told a Security Council session on Tuesday.

Egypt also hosted on Saturday the Cairo Summit for Peace in an attempt to de-escalate the ongoing conflict. Arab leaders at the summit focused on demanding a ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza while Western officials focused on condemning Hamas’ 7 October attack.

Source: Arham