Egyptian FM emphasizes UN agency’s crucial role in providing relief to Gaza

On Monday, Badr Abdelatty, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign, Emigration, and Expatriates’ Affairs, emphasized the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East’s (UNRWA) crucial role in distributing relief in the Gaza Strip.

“There is no alternative to UNRWA in Gaza, as it is the only agency with distribution centers in the strip,” Abdelatty declared during a news conference that was broadcast live on television alongside Philippe Lazzarini, the visiting Commissioner-General of UNRWA.

Calling on the international community and donor parties to rethink supporting the agency, Abdelatty emphasized the need for “an immediate ceasefire and the unconditional access of humanitarian and medical aid to Gaza” as well as Egypt’s eagerness to collaborate with UNRWA to carry out its duties.

Noting that 2,000 UN personnel have been murdered in Gaza throughout the conflict so far, Lazzarini stated that UNRWA establishments in Gaza have been the focus of Israeli military assaults from the start of the ongoing conflict.

Lazzarini said that over 250,000 Palestinians had been compelled to leave Khan Younis this week due to the lack of a safe haven in the strip.

The head of UNRWA warned that “a generation may be deprived of education in the besieged strip after the destruction of most schools,” emphasizing the necessity of an early truce in Gaza, the release of prisoners, and the supply of charity relief.

Out of the 1.9 million people living in Gaza, UNRWA reports that it serves 1.4 million registered refugees, or around 74% of the overall population.