CAIRO: Egypt Wednesday accused UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry of trying to put responsibility for his “failure” in Gaza on Egypt by mentioning the closure of the Rafah crossing in a Monday statement.
“Egypt condemned what has been included in U.N. Peace Envoy for Middle East Robert Serry’s statement, and his attempts to put his failure of his mission in Gaza on others’ shoulders, particularly his weakness to move with Israel,” Atty stated.
On his visit to Gaza strip Monday, Serry stated “I am worried that Gaza is more isolated than ever, with many restrictions still in place at Israeli crossings for both goods and people and with the Rafah crossing practically closed,” adding “I urgently call on all stakeholders, including the GNC (Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism), Palestinian factions, Israel, Egypt, the international community and donors, to change their failed policies and adopt a “Gaza first” strategy.”
On Oct. 12, 2014, Egypt and Norway held an International Donor Conference for Gaza Reconstruction following the latest war between Palestine and Israel in July and August; 30 international leaders and 50 organizational representatives pledged U.S. $ 5.4 billion in aid for Gaza.
Egypt has closed Rafah crossing since October 2014, following a terror attack that targeted military personnel in Sinai, killing dozens of soldiers. Egypt then launched a military operation against alleged terrorist militants there and has started to build a buffer zone along the border with Gaza, after which an approximate 1,000 families were relocated.
On Feb. 6, Egyptian Foreign Ministry Sameh Shokry and Norway urged the donor conference to fulfill their promises about the donated money.
Due to the lack of financial aid, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) announced on Jan. 27 the suspension of the cash assistance program in Gaza.