Egypt's Sisi orders Gaza border opened for Ramadan: Twitter account

Lester Mason
May 18, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony in the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides in Paris Thomson Reuters CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would cause "some instability" in the region, in his first public comments on the issue.

In remarks broadcast live on TV, El-Sisi called on Palestinians and Israelis to work towards putting an end to the recent bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, after Israeli forces killed 61 Palestinians near the Gaza-Israeli border on Monday during protests against the moving of the USA embassy to Jerusalem.

The Egyptian authorities have initially opened the crossing in both directions from Saturday to Tuesday, but they later chose to keep the crossing open until-further-notice cited humanitarian concerns of two million Palestinians stranded in the seaside enclave which has been under Israeli tight blockade since Hamas movement's violent takeover of the territory in 2007.

"During the opening ceremony of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, dozens of Palestinians were shot dead by the IDF", el-Sisi said on Wednesday. "I call upon Israel to avoid excessive shooting and to understand that the actions of the Palestinians are legitimate", he said.

The Islamist group Hamas controls Gaza, but not its most important crossings, Rafah with Egypt and Erez with Israel.

"The region can not withstand any more wars", he said.

"Negotiations with our brothers in Sudan and Ethiopia will require effort and time from [all sides] so we can come to the terms and reach an understanding that allows us to maintain our share (of the Nile's water) and allow them to benefit from the dam for the development that they seek".

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