Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said ongoing Israeli practices in Gaza go beyond any concept of legitimate right to self-defense, noting that the displacement of civilians in the Gaza Strip to its south is not a positive development, but rather a continuation of the violation of international humanitarian law.
The Egyptian foreign minister made the remarks during a speech he delivered at a Gaza aid conference held in Paris on Thursday.
Since the onset of the crisis on October 7, Egypt has adopted a clear position condemning targeting civilians, Shoukry said.
However, the military conflict in Gaza since then, in terms of Israel’s bombing and random targeting of Palestinian civilians, has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 civilians, half of them are children, the foreign minister added.
It has also led to the siege, intimidation and displacement of two million Palestinian civilians from their land, he noted.
Shoukry said the opening of a safe corridor for the movement of civilians to the south of Gaza is not a positive development, but rather a continuation of systematic displacement in violation of international humanitarian law.
The continued international silence over Israel’s grave infringements and violations of international humanitarian law indicates a defect in the standards of logic and human conscience, he added.