► A summit between Sissi and Abdallah II organized in Cairo
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and King Abdullah II of Jordan will discuss “Israeli aggression on Gaza” in Cairo on Thursday, the two countries announced after the cancellation of a meeting in Amman with US President Joe Biden .
Egypt, bordering the Gaza Strip, and Jordan, bordering the occupied West Bank, are linked to Israel by peace treaties concluded respectively in 1979 and 1994, putting an end to the state of war with their neighbor.
These two countries, which have often played mediators between Israelis and Palestinians, have been warning for several days against a “forced displacement” of Palestinians on their soil.
► China denounces the American veto at the UN
China regretted Thursday, October 19, the decision of the United States to block a UN resolution which called for a “humanitarian pause” between Hamas and Israel. Washington explained this by the fact that the text did not mention “Israel’s right to defend itself”.
“China is deeply disappointed by the United States’ obstruction of the adoption by the Security Council of a draft resolution on the Palestinian question,” said a spokesperson for Chinese diplomacy.
Out of 15 member states of the Council, 12 voted for a project led by Brazil (including France), 2 abstained (including Russia), but the United States, one of the five permanent members, voted against. This was enough to block the adoption of a resolution that denounced Hamas’ “terrorist attacks” on October 7 and “all violence” against civilians.
► Russia to deliver 27 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip
Russia will soon deliver 27 tons of humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip from Egypt, which neighbors this enclave under siege since the Hamas attack on Israel, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday, October 19. emergency situations.
“A special plane (…) flew from Ramenskoye airfield, near Moscow, to El-Arich airport, in Egypt. Russian humanitarian aid will be handed over to representatives of the Egyptian Red Crescent to be sent to the Gaza Strip,” Deputy Minister Ilia Denisov detailed in a press release.
► Egypt announces “sustainable” passage of aid for Gaza via the Rafah terminal
Humanitarian aid expected by the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will be able to begin passing through the Rafah crossing, from Egypt, which neighbors the enclave under siege, the American and Egyptian presidents announced on Thursday.
Joe Biden, who came to the region to obtain international aid access to Gaza, where a humanitarian catastrophe is looming according to the World Health Organization (WHO), claimed to have obtained from Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al Sissi “let up to 20 trucks cross” the Rafah crossing, the only one not controlled by Israel.
However, this aid will probably not arrive before Friday due to work to be done on the road, destroyed by Israeli bombing.
► Israel conditions the passage of humanitarian aid on the release of hostages
“Israel will not prevent humanitarian aid from Egypt as long as it involves food, water and medicine for the civilian population in the south of the Gaza Strip,” the prime minister’s office confirmed. Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel, however, put a condition on it. This aid will not pass through its territory until the hostages held by Hamas are released. The Palestinian movement claims to hold between 200 and 250 hostages, at least 199, according to Israel.
► Israel blameless in Gaza hospital strike according to Biden
This statement comes after a visit by Joe Biden on Wednesday to Israel, who renewed his support for his ally and exonerated him regarding the deadly strike on the Ahli-Arab hospital in Gaza which raised a wave of anger in Middle East.
“Based on the information we have had so far, it appears that (the strike on the Ahli-Arab hospital) was the result of an out-of-control rocket fired by a terrorist group in Gaza,” he said. Joe Biden, who claims to have convincing evidence from the Pentagon.
Hamas, the Islamist movement in power in Gaza, accused Israel of being the author of the strike.
► Xi Jinping says he wants to work with Egypt to stabilize the Middle East
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday during a meeting in Beijing with Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli that China wanted to “bring” more “stability” to the Middle East, according to official media.
“China is willing to work with Egypt to bring greater certainty and stability to the region and the world,” said the Chinese head of state, according to the Xinhua news agency, in the context of the Israel-Hamas war.
► Several demonstrations in the Arab world
Thousands of people demonstrated across the Arab world on Wednesday expressing their outrage after the deadly strike on a hospital in Gaza, which they blame on Israel, despite its denial.
In front of the Israeli embassy in Amman, around 10,000 demonstrators, according to a Jordanian security source, gathered to demand the expulsion of the Israeli diplomatic mission following the attack.
Gatherings also observed in front of the Israeli embassy in Manama in Bahrain, the American consulate in Casablanca in Morocco or even in Tunisia, where thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered in front of the French embassy to condemn Western support to Israel. Demonstrations also took place in Baghdad, Damascus, Egypt and Yemen.
In Washington, at least a hundred demonstrators occupied a US Congress building on Wednesday to demand elected officials and the Biden administration that they push for a ceasefire in Gaza.
► Israeli raid against a regime military position in Syria
An airstrike targeted a military position of the regime in southern Syria on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), a few days after a strike against the airport of ‘Aleppo (North).
“Sounds of explosions resounded in the province of Qouneitra after an Israeli strike against a position of the Syrian army,” said the NGO, based in the United Kingdom, but which has a vast network of sources in the country at war. Sounds of explosions also resounded in the Golan Heights (South), said the OSDH, without specifying the origin of the shots.
► Rishi Sunak in Israel Thursday
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is traveling to Israel and several other capitals in the region on Thursday to call for avoiding an escalation of the war between Hamas and the Jewish state, his services announced Wednesday evening.
“The attack on the (Ahli-Arab Gaza) hospital should be a watershed moment for leaders in the region and across the world to come together to avoid a dangerous further escalation (…) I will ensure that the Kingdom “United be at the forefront of this effort,” Rishi Sunak said in a statement,