EU chief discusses Gaza humanitarian crisis in Egypt


Published: 2023-11-19 09:59

Last Updated: 2024-06-24 01:21

EU chief discusses Gaza humanitarian crisis in Egypt
EU chief discusses Gaza humanitarian crisis in Egypt

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Saturday said she was opposed to the "forced displacement of Palestinians" during a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Von der Leyen "thanked Egypt for its key role in providing and facilitating humanitarian aid to vulnerable Palestinians", during her meeting with Sisi, she wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

The two discussed "the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza" and a "political horizon based on a two-state solution", she added, as the Israeli Occupation presses its military campaign in the Gaza Strip following the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks.

At least 12,000 people have been killed in Gaza, including 5,000 children, since the Israeli Occupation began its latest aggression on the Gaza in the beginning of October.

According to the latest number from the Israeli Occupation, about 1,200 people were killed, including Israeli Occupation soldiers and settlers, and nearly 240 were taken as captives.

Von der Leyen later arrived in North Sinai for the arrival of a European Union humanitarian convoy, the governor of the Egyptian border region said in a statement.

"She is expected to... inspect the Rafah border crossing and the aid and to visit wounded Palestinians" in North Sinai, the statement said.

International aid has for weeks arrived at the international airport in El-Arish, some 40 kilometers from the Rafah crossing with Gaza.

The border crossing -- the only one to the Palestinian territory not controlled by the Israeli Occupation -- has been the only entry point for aid trickling into war-ravaged Gaza.

During von der Leyen's last visit to Egypt in 2022, the Israeli Occupation and Egypt signed a deal to provide Europe with natural gas.

"Egypt is a big country with a large population, strategically located for us," a senior EU official told AFP.

"We see new opportunities especially cooperation around energy and around hydrogen in the future," the official added.

Cairo has invested billions over the past years to develop its natural gas industry with a view to becoming a major exporter.

In August, researcher Sebastien Douget told AFP "Egypt has the means to become the main hydrogen exporter to Europe in 2050 thanks to existing natural gas pipelines" that would be repurposed for hydrogen.

The European official also told AFP that the issue of migration would also be on the agenda during von der Leyen's visit.