Egypt Says Has No Objections to Any Ethiopian Dam

Addis Ababa has been building the "Renaissance Dam" on the Blue Nile since 2011. (Reuters)
Addis Ababa has been building the "Renaissance Dam" on the Blue Nile since 2011. (Reuters)
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Egypt Says Has No Objections to Any Ethiopian Dam

Addis Ababa has been building the "Renaissance Dam" on the Blue Nile since 2011. (Reuters)
Addis Ababa has been building the "Renaissance Dam" on the Blue Nile since 2011. (Reuters)

Egypt denied having objections to building any dam in Ethiopia, affirming that it supports the development of the Nile Basin nations and Africa, saying it only seeks a fair and binding legal agreement to fill and operate such dams.

An Egyptian-Ethiopian dispute was sparked in 2011 when Addis Ababa began constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile.

Egypt and 10 other downstream countries share the Nile basin, yet more than 85 percent of its share comes from the Blue Nile tributary in Ethiopia.

Around 80 percent of the construction works have been completed so far. Meanwhile, the upcoming weeks will witness the second phase of filling the dam, which is a cause of concern to Egypt and Sudan that fear the dam's impact on their water shares.

Egypt's Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said that Egypt didn’t reject the construction of any dam in Ethiopia, but it seeks to achieve cooperation through a legally binding agreement that is fair to everyone.

His remarks were made during a ceremony organized by the Ministry on Wednesday to celebrate the graduation of youths of the Nile Basin countries from the 44th training course on “Environmental Hydrology for Arid and Semi-Arid regions."

He affirmed that Egypt supports development in the Nile Basin countries and Africa. The Minister highlighted Egypt’s contribution to building dams in the Nile Basin countries as an example.

The bilateral cooperation and the development of African and Nile Basin countries are important to Egypt.

Through cooperation, several development projects were implemented and are directly benefiting citizens residing in these countries. This, in its turn, contributes to attaining sustainable development.



Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
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Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed

Israel renewed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip Tuesday, after the United States renewed its criticism of its ally over the high civilian casualty toll of the war.

Residents told AFP of Israeli warplanes striking central Gaza and artillery fire hitting the territory's south, while medics said they pulled multiple bodies from the rubble of the latest bombardment.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told two top Israeli officials that casualties among Palestinian civilians "still remain unacceptably high".

"We continue to see far too many civilians killed in this conflict," spokesman Matthew Miller said after Blinken meth Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi.

Washington has been pushing for a truce between Israel and Hamas.

But Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that the group was pulling out of indirect talks for a deal in protest at recent Israeli "massacres", including a massive strike on Sunday that the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said killed at least 92 people.

Haniyeh said Hamas stood ready to return to the indirect talks once Israel "demonstrates seriousness in reaching a ceasefire agreement and a prisoner exchange deal".

After the latest deadly strikes, medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent said they recovered four bodies from a house outside the southern city of Khan Yunis and another from Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza.

The Israeli military said that over the previous 24 hours its air force struck "approximately 40 terror targets" in Gaza. They included "sniping posts, observation posts, Hamas military structures, terror infrastructure, and buildings rigged with explosives".

It said its troops were also continuing targeted raids in the far-southern city of Rafah and in the central Gaza Strip.