Arab ministerial delegation, humanitarian convoy to head to Gaza
Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi - YOUM7 (Archive)
By NOURHAN MAGDI

CAIRO: An Arab ministerial delegation will visit the Gaza Strip within the next few days to show solidarity with Palestinians in their reconstruction of the enclave, said Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi in a Wednesday statement.

Arabi added that the delegation will include ministers from Morocco, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and any Arab minister who wishes to join the delegation.

The Arab League will also send a large humanitarian aid convoy to Gaza soon, according to Youm7. Arabi said that what is required after achieving a permanent ceasefire is collaboration between all parties, especially the United Nations, for the reconstruction of Gaza.

He further demanded prosecuting “Israeli war criminals involved in killing Palestinians.”

From Sept. 7-8, an international conference will be held to discuss this matter in addition to resuming peace talks aimed at ending Israeli occupation, and not just manage the conflict, Arabi added.

As a 72-hour Israel-Hamas truce announced Tuesday entered its second day, officials visited Cairo Wednesday to hold talks over a permanent cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

Former British Prime Minister and Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair left Cairo after a visit lasting a few hours Wednesday, where he met with Arabi to discuss the latest developments reached by both the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

Furthermore, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry met with the Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry Wednesday.

Tuesday, a Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and an Israeli delegation arrived in Cairo to hold talks with Egyptian officials on extending the cease-fire.

MENA reported Wednesday that Egyptian intelligence chief Mohamed Farid Tohamy met with the Palestinian delegation, headed by Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmed.

After the application of the cease-fire, Egyptian Minister of Health Adel Adawy and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua Milano Wednesday visited injured Gazans at the Nasser Institute for Research and Treatment in Cairo, Youm7 reported. More than 185 injured Palestinians were transferred to hospitals in Egypt for treatment stemming from the latest Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

According to a recent death toll announced by the Palestinian Health Ministry, 1,865 Palestinians have been killed, and 9,470 injured since the beginning of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip on July 8.

Additional Reporting by Amal Raslan, Mahmoud Othman, Mostafa Anbar

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