Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the Cairo Peace Summit in Egypt on Saturday at the invitation of Pres. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attending.
The ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the urgent need for humanitarian support in these countries and the call for peace will be discussed at the summit.
“Pres. Ramaphosa is deeply concerned about attacks on civilians, the resulting enormous loss of life, displacement of people and the humanitarian crisis engulfing the Gaza Strip,” said Vincent Magwenya, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, on the eve of the summit.
“South Africa has repeatedly called for the immediate cessation of hostilities, the return of hostages and the urgent opening of humanitarian corridors.
“South Africa stands ready to join the global effort that will bring about lasting peace in the Middle East.”
RNews reported earlier today that the emergency in Gaza was great by Friday morning. More than 1 million displaced Palestinians urgently need food, water, medicine and blankets at this stage.
However, there is still a wait for the Rafah border post – currently the only route to Gaza – to be opened so that humanitarian aid can be sent into the Gaza Strip.
Thousands of Israeli troops are meanwhile waiting on the border of Gaza for an order to invade this enclave.