Ethiopia Rejects UN Intervention in GERD Dispute

President of South Sudan Silva Kiir receives Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty in Juba on Friday, June 25, 2021. (Egyptian government)
President of South Sudan Silva Kiir receives Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty in Juba on Friday, June 25, 2021. (Egyptian government)
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Ethiopia Rejects UN Intervention in GERD Dispute

President of South Sudan Silva Kiir receives Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty in Juba on Friday, June 25, 2021. (Egyptian government)
President of South Sudan Silva Kiir receives Egyptian Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aty in Juba on Friday, June 25, 2021. (Egyptian government)

Ethiopia slammed both Egypt and Sudan in a letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council, accusing them of making false allegations about the dam Addis Ababa is building on the Blue Nile.

In a statement on Friday, Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said the letter expressed its rejection to the latest attempts by Cairo and Khartoum to involve the UN in the African dispute.

“Egypt and Sudan’s recent actions are simply a continuation of a well-orchestrated scheme to undermine the African Union-led process and eventually declare it ineffective,” it said.

Since the AU-led negotiation kicked off over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Egypt and Sudan have tried to disrupt the process by bringing up unrelated matters in the discussions, the letter read.

They unnecessarily securitized and internationalized the issue and let the Arab league to intervene to further complicate the issue, it claimed.

The statement pointed to Addis Ababa’s rejection of any UN intervention, saying the AU must resolve the dispute.

It further stressed that the second filling of the dam reservoir will move forward as scheduled in the upcoming rainy season in July.

Cairo and Khartoum insist on reaching a legally and binding agreement on the dam. They fear the potential negative impact of GERD on the flow of their annual share of the Nile’s 55.5 billion cubic meters of water.

Earlier this month, the Arab League called on the Security Council to meet soon to address the dispute.

In contrast, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi called on the Security Council to meet as soon as possible to tackle the GERD and “its impact on the safety and security of millions of people.”

On June 11, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry sent a letter to the president of the Security Council to brief him on the latest developments in this regard.

Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty refuted Ethiopia’s “allegations” that the dam will provide electricity for its citizen and the neighboring countries.

During his meeting with President of South Sudan Silva Kiir on Friday, he stressed that officials in Addis Ababa have been highlighting the importance of the dam in power generation, while the government seeks to export this power.



Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

The Middle East was reeling Sunday from deadly violence with Israel bombing Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen in quick succession in response to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups.
Despite Washington's top diplomat asserting a deal is near the "goal line" to end more than nine months of devastating war between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen, as it pressed on with its offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory, Agence France Presse reported.
Dozens have been killed since Saturday across the Gaza Strip, the civil defense agency said, including in strikes on homes in the central Nuseirat and Bureij areas and displaced people near southern Khan Yunis.
Residents said a major operation was underway in the district of Rafah in the south, reporting heavy artillery and clashes.
The deadly strikes in Gaza came hours after Hezbollah and its ally Hamas said they fired at Israeli positions from south Lebanon, while Yemen's Houthi group vowed to respond to Israeli warplanes hitting a key port.
The fire left raging by the strikes on Hodeida port "is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.
Detailing the first strikes claimed by Israel in Yemen, Gallant warned of further operations if the Houthis "dare to attack us" after a Houthi drone strike killed one in Tel Aviv on Friday.
In Hodeida three people were killed and 87 wounded, health officials said in a statement carried by Houthi media.
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The trio of militant groups has vowed to keep up attacks on Israel until a truce ends the violence in Gaza, which lies in ruins, with most residents forced to flee their homes.
The Gaza war was triggered by Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom are still in Gaza, including 42 the Israeli military says are dead.
Israel's military retaliation to wipe out Hamas has killed at least 38,919 people, also mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The war has also unleashed hunger and health crises in Gaza, with Israel and the United Nations trading blame for vital aid supplies failing to reach those in need.
After the detection of poliovirus in Gaza sewage, though no individual cases, the World Health Organization said there were "monumental" constraints to mounting a timely response.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday the agency believes many more diseases are "spreading out of control" inside Gaza.
The premier is due to address US lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, where he will be under pressure to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday a truce was within reach.
"I believe we're... driving toward the goal line in getting an agreement that would produce a ceasefire, get the hostages home, and put us on a better track to trying to build lasting peace and stability," he said.