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Gaza – UN speaks on need to help Palestine

In conversations with Netanyahu and el-Sisi, Biden talks about “accelerating” aid to Gaza.

Presidents Biden and el-Sisi “committed” to speeding up supplies to the Gazan people, according to the White House.

Biden wholeheartedly supports Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, having visited the country in October during an unprecedented wartime visit. [Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein]

In phone conversations with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Joe Biden advocated for “accelerating” humanitarian relief to Gaza, according to the White House.

As Israel continues to bombard Gaza, Biden had separate conversations with the two leaders on Sunday during which they talked about various facets of the Palestinian struggle, according to the White House.

In response to Netanyahu, Biden stated that while Israel has “every right and responsibility to defend its citizens from terrorism,” it must do so “in a manner consistent with international humanitarian law that prioritizes protection of civilians.”

Additionally, according to the White House, Biden “underscored the need to immediately and significantly increase the flow of humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of civilians in Gaza.”

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Since Israel started bombing the besieged enclave, more than 8,000 Palestinians—mostly women and children—have died as a result of Israeli airstrikes. On October 7, Hamas carried out a surprise attack that resulted in the deaths of about 1,400 Israelis.

Gaza needs immediate humanitarian supplies

There was almost no communication in Gaza earlier this week, but now there is some internet and mobile service again. Additionally, there is a critical shortage of food, water, fuel, and medication in the enclave.

Additionally, Israel has begun ground operations in Gaza, which over the past few days have gotten progressively more intense. On the ground, there is still fighting with Hamas and other armed Palestinian factions.

The Israeli military also declared on Sunday that it is now “urgent” to carry out its request, made two weeks ago and strongly criticized by the UN and human rights organizations, for Palestinians to leave northern Gaza.

The White House said that Biden and Netanyahu talked about efforts on Sunday to ensure the release of prisoners kidnapped by Hamas and other organizations.

Israel declared on Sunday that it had verified the detention of 239 prisoners in Gaza.

Biden and el-Sisi “committed to the significant acceleration and increase of assistance flowing into Gaza beginning today and then continuously” during their phone conversation, according to the White House.

sole the Egyptian-run Rafah gate, which is the sole one outside of Israeli control, has allowed humanitarian aid to smuggle into Gaza. But according to the UN and others, the current level of assistance is dreadfully insufficient to meet the requirements of the 2.3 million Palestinians living in the enclave.

The White House stated that “ensuring that Palestinians in Gaza are not displaced to Egypt or any other nation” was also on the table, indicating that Egypt is still concerned about what would happen to Palestinians who might want to leave Gaza.

Millions of people, including Palestinians, already call Sisi’s Egypt home. He has stated time and time again that Palestinians must remain in their ancestral territories in order to realize their long-held aspiration of becoming a nation.


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