Egypt has issued a strong warning about the Israeli ground operation in Gaza, expressing deep concerns over its humanitarian and security implications. Egypt has held Tel Aviv accountable for violating a UN resolution that called for a humanitarian ceasefire.
In an official statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry emphasised the potential for a rise in casualties due to the ground invasion and reiterated its appeal to Israel to facilitate safe, comprehensive access to humanitarian aid for Gaza. They warned that failing to address these humanitarian demands promptly could lead to a severe crisis and jeopardise regional security.
The ongoing conflict in Gaza stems from Hamas’ surprise attack, Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, launched on October 7 in response to events at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and escalating Israeli settler violence. Israel has responded with a sustained campaign of air raids, including recent ground operations and communication blackouts. The Palestinian death toll exceeds 7,703, while more than 1,400 Israelis have lost their lives.
Gaza’s 2.3 million residents are also grappling with severe shortages of food, water, and medicine, primarily due to Israel’s blockade. Only a limited number of aid trucks have managed to enter Gaza since the reopening of the Rafah crossing. Despite a UN resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire, Israel’s Foreign Minister, Eli Cohen, has strongly rejected it.