Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas, has stated that the group will not touch international aid to Palestinians.
During a meeting with regional officials on Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken offered to “rally international support” to restore Gaza, according to the Associated Press.
Blinken also stated that no aid would be delivered to Hamas, which opposes Israel’s right to exist. Hamas commander Yahya Sinwar told media that the group welcomed rehabilitation aid as long as it did not come from Israel, and that the organisation had no issues to the aid not being touched.
“I stress Hamas’ resolve that no single penny will be spent on rebuilding or humanitarian issues,” Sinwar told the Associated Press.
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Blinken arrived in Cairo the next day following lengthy negotiations with Israeli and Palestinian authorities. He met with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and other top Egyptian leaders in Egypt. Later, he was scheduled to meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Jordan.
Egypt and Jordan, according to Blinken, are key stakeholders in the region’s efforts to restore peace. Both countries are important US allies having peace treaties with Israel and routinely act as mediators between Israel and Palestinians.
He told reporters late Tuesday, “Egypt played a vital role in helping to broker the cease-fire, and Jordan has long been a voice for peace and security in the region.”
Egypt maintains links with Hamas while also enforcing a strict blockade on Gaza alongside Israel in order to prevent the Islamic group from arming.
Blinken’s ambitions for the trip, which will be his first official visit to the Middle East as Secretary of State, are modest. After a chilly start, when the Biden administration expressed worry about el-human Sissi’s rights record, the stop in Cairo, along with President Joe Biden’s phone conversations with him while the cease-fire was being negotiated last week, suggest a warmer connection between the two countries.
He made it clear during Tuesday’s meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders that the US had no imminent intentions to pursue peace discussions between the two parties, while he voiced hope for a “better atmosphere” that could lead to dialogue.
This might start with the reconstruction of Gaza. The 11-day war killed more than 250 people, mostly Palestinians, and caused heavy destruction in the impoverished coastal. This is a condensed version of the information.