Arab FMs meet to discuss Palestinian-Israeli situation
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7/Hassan Muhammed
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry will head an urgent meeting of the Arab League Council meeting scheduled for Monday in Cairo to discuss the situation in Palestine, according to a Monday statement.

The meeting was scheduled to discuss the situation in Palestine and seek ways to end the bloodshed of the “poor Palestinian civilians,” the statement read, adding the meeting was coordinated with Shoukry’s Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah Khaled al-Hamad.

The two spoke on the phone, and reportedly discussed the stance of both countries to guarantee the meeting will conclude with real results that contribute in stopping “Israeli’s assaults” on the Palestinian people.

Shoukry cancelled his visit to Tunisia in order to continue his calls in Cairo to follow the situation in Palestine and arrange for the meeting other Arab foreign ministers.

Israeli attacks have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians and the demolition of more than 150 houses since they began on July 1.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received a phone call from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the situation in Palestine, presidential spokesperson Ehab Badawy said in a Sunday statement.

During the call, Ban hoped the Security Council meeting this week would stop bloodshed. He also praised Egypt’s role in calming both sides [Israel and Palestine] and contributing in reducing “the humanitarian suffering” of the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip.

Sisi said “being busy with Egypt’s internal affairs will not affect our resolve to reach fair reconciliation until the Palestinian people’s full rights are restored,” according to the statement.

The Foreign Ministry stated July 12 Egypt is holding continuous calls with all parties represented in the Palestinian and Israeli authorities. It also called for Arab states “to save the Palestinian people, urge Israel to stop assaulting Palestinian civilians, and to commit to the November 2012 convention.”

Egyptian authorities temporarily opened Rafah Border Crossing Tuesday to receive injured Palestinians, allowing 412 people, 392 of whom were Egyptian, into Egyptian territory, Youm7 reported.

Youm7 also reported 15 tons of medical requirements were sent from Egypt to Gaza. Dozens of youths from the cities of Arish, Rafah, Sheikh Zuwayed, and Beir el-Abd formed volunteer teams to receive the injured and to donate blood.

Israel started its attacks when it announced the disappearance of three Israeli teenage settlers in the West Bank in June and accused Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of kidnapping them.

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