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Egyptian President and UNSG hold talks on Gaza

Cairo, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed on Thursday the situation in the Gaza Strip amid Israeli threats to escalate its ground offensive.

On a telephone conversation, the two sides debated on the crisis in Gaza, including Cairo’s efforts to reach a ceasefire, presidential spokesperson Ahmed Fahmy said in a statement. They agreed on seeking a negotiated solution, to avoid widening the circle of conflict and to go up the flow of humanitarian aid to the coastal enclave in a sustainable and unimpeded manner.

They further warned of the enormous humanitarian consequences of Israeli military operations in the city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians are refugees, the spokesperson noted.

The leaders stressed the need to work to secure the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, including the creation of an independent State in accordance with international standards, the diplomat detailed.

In recent days, tension has ramped up around the southern city of Rafah, which appears to be Israel’s next target.

Israeli troops have already occupied the Rafah crossing, which for the past seven months has been the only gateway to Gaza for food, medicine and fuel.