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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Israel + Hamas reject Egyptian proposal for ceasefire

Israel and Hamas both appear to have rejected an unconfirmed Egyptian proposal to bring a ceasefire into effect as of tomorrow morning, Israel’s N12 TV news reported yesterday, according to Reuters. EU foreign ministers added their voice to the chorus calling for an immediate cessation of violence against civilians in Gaza, according to a statement. Though the bloc called the high number of civilian deaths “unacceptable,” it also said it supported Israel’s right to self-defense in a proportionate manner.

Over 72k Palestinians have been displaced by Israel’s eight days of airstrikes on Gaza, according to a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, with Amnesty International calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate what it describes as “attacks that may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity,” Reuters reports. The death toll of the past week’s violence as of Tuesday stood at 213 Palestinians, including 61 children, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

Among the destroyed infrastructure from the airstrikes: Six hospitals and nine healthcare centers as well as a desalination plant that will affect access of about 250k people to drinking water.

Egypt will contribute USD 500 mn to the rebuilding of property and infrastructure in Gaza, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said yesterday.

The Tahya Misr fund has dedicated account number 037037 at all Egyptian banks to receive donations for Gaza, Hapi Journal reports. The donations will be put towards the delivery of meds and other supplies. The fund plans to launch a 100-container aid convoy to the Gaza Strip soon.

IN DIPLOMACY- The IMF is keen to continue developing Egypt’s “success story,” IMF head Kristalina Georgieva told President Abdel Fattah El Sisi during a meeting in Paris yesterday, according to an Ittihadiya statement. The efficacy of Egypt’s economic reforms and the resilience it has managed to achieve are an example the IMF hopes to replicate in other nations, Georgieva said.

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