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Egypt pledges $500 million to rebuild Gaza, sends medical aid

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, not seen at the Elysee palace, in Paris, December 7, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, not seen at the Elysee palace, in Paris, December 7, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pledged $500 million to help reconstruction efforts in Gaza, his office says, after a week of Israeli airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave in response to almost nonstop rocket attacks by terrorists against Israel.

“Egypt will provide $500 million… for the reconstruction process in the Gaza Strip as a result of recent events, with expert Egyptian construction companies implementing the rebuilding,” the presidency says in a statement.

Cairo has sought to mediate a ceasefire between the Hamas terror group and Israel since the deadly violence erupted on May 10.

Sissi is holding talks in Paris with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and Jordan’s King Abdullah II aimed at seeking a rapid truce to the lethal conflict.

Egypt also sent 65 tons of medical aid to neighboring Gaza, its health ministry says.

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