Bin Mubarak Affirms Yemeni Support for Egypt’s Water Security

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Thursday his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak in Cairo (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Thursday his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak in Cairo (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)
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Bin Mubarak Affirms Yemeni Support for Egypt’s Water Security

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Thursday his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak in Cairo (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Thursday his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak in Cairo (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received on Thursday his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak and discussed a number of bilateral and regional files.

The Yemeni minister's visit to Cairo came days after Bin Mubarak had visited Ethiopia, from where he delivered statements that drove controversy between Egypt and Yemen.

In Addis Ababa last month, the Yemeni Minister affirmed “the solidarity of Yemen and its support for all the steps taken by the Ethiopian government in order to move the wheel of development.”

His statements may have led to the imposition of new restrictions for the entry of Yemenis to Egypt, including obtaining visas in advance and reducing the length of stay.

During his meeting with Shoukry on Thursday, the Yemeni Minister stressed his country’s full support for Egypt in the face of challenges, topped by the water security issue, which is part of the Arab national security.

Bin Mubarak also commended Egypt's firm supportive stance towards Yemen's legitimate government and its endeavors to reach a political settlement that restores security and stability to the country and alleviates the acute humanitarian crises.

The Yemeni top diplomat also conveyed a message, from President of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council Rashad Al-Alimi to President Abdel Fattah Sisi, on ways of advancing bilateral relations in different fields, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid.

The spokesman stated that Shoukry voiced appreciation for Yemen's keenness to coordinate with Cairo and keep it informed of the latest developments on the crisis there.

He then emphasized Egypt's backing of the legitimate Yemeni government and the endeavors to extend the UN truce in Yemen, as well as Cairo's encouragement for all efforts aimed at finding a comprehensive and sustainable political solution that is agreed upon by various Yemeni parties.

The two foreign ministers also discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations, including the convening of the joint committee between the two countries and upgrading the level of bilateral relations through the political consultation mechanism at the level of the Egyptian and Yemeni ministries of foreign affairs.

Shoukry then affirmed the care and good hospitality enjoyed by the Yemeni community in Egypt, their second country. He added that Egyptian citizens are receiving the same treatment in many service sectors such as education and health as part of the historical ties and firm bonds that bind the two brotherly countries and peoples.

Caption: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Thursday his Yemeni counterpart Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak in Cairo (Egyptian Foreign Ministry)



WHO Says Many People in Gaza Facing ‘Famine-like Conditions’

Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
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WHO Says Many People in Gaza Facing ‘Famine-like Conditions’

Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)
Israeli soldiers operate inside the Gaza Strip, as seen from southern Israel, on Feb. 13, 2024. (AP)

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that many people in Gaza were facing "catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions".

"A significant proportion of Gaza's population is now facing catastrophic hunger and famine-like conditions," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

"Despite reports of increased delivery of food, there is currently no evidence that those who need it most are receiving sufficient quantity and quality of food."

Tedros said there were more than 8,000 children under five years old who have been diagnosed and treated for acute malnutrition, including 1,600 children with severe acute malnutrition.

"However, due to insecurity and lack of access, only two stabilization centers for severely malnourished patients can operate," he added.

"Our inability to provide health services safely, combined with the lack of clean water and sanitation, significantly increases the risk of malnourished children."

The war in Gaza began on Oct. 7 when fighters led by Hamas killed 1,200 Israelis and took more than 250 hostage, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's response has caused the deaths of more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gazan health ministry, displaced most of Gaza's population of 2.3 million and caused widespread hunger and destruction.

A UN inquiry on Wednesday found that both Israel and Hamas had committed war crimes early in the Gaza war, and that Israel's actions also constituted crimes against humanity because of the immense civilian losses.

Tedros also highlighted a separate health crisis in the West Bank, where he said healthcare had been targeted by nearly 500 attacks since Oct. 7.

"While the world's focus has been on Gaza, there is also an escalating health crisis in the West Bank, where attacks on healthcare and restrictions on movement of people are obstructing access to health services," he said.

"In most areas of the West Bank, clinics are only operating two days a week and hospitals are operating at about 70% capacity."