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The Rafah crossing point, on the Egyptian side (Archive photo)

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“We must do more”: Ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council visited Egypt on Monday at the Rafah border crossing point to the Gaza Strip, after a US veto of a resolution in favor of x27;a ceasefire.

This informal one-day visit, organized by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt , comes as the humanitarian crisis worsens in the besieged Gaza Strip, subject to intense bombardment by Israel in the war against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Around ten ambassadors from countries such as Russia and the United Kingdom participated in the visit. But the United States did not send a representative, just like France.

I'm not sure that what the United States would have seen today would have been very pleasant to them […] They would have seen what is really happening and not what their geostrategic motivations are hiding from them .

A quote from Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations

He also described the situation in the epicenter as catastrophic of the humanitarian response for Gaza.

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I am devastated, for his part confided to AFP the emissary of Ecuador, José de la Gasca, after having visited a hospital treating wounded Palestinians in the town of Al-Arich, near Rafah.

There, the envoys met with Wafaa Asaad, a 27-year-old Gazan who was pregnant when her home was hit by an Israeli strike, killing her husband and injuring her two daughters.

She was evacuated to Egypt for treatment and had an arm and a leg amputated, but miraculously managed to give birth a few hours after crossing the border, his sister Alaa told AFP.

Our message to the UN is that we want the war to stop, Alaa said, with the newborn lying on a bed next to her.

The diplomats then traveled to the Rafah crossing point, using a stretch of road lined with stranded aid trucks awaiting clearance. enter the narrow Palestinian territory, where a serious humanitarian crisis is plunging the population into despair.

Brazil's envoy, Sergio Franca Danese, called the trip a symbolic gesture. We are showing our interest, we are showing that we are committed to trying to do something more meaningful […] but we need to do more, he told AFP.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">At the start of the visit, Lana Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates envoy to the Security Council, said that the ambassadors were participating in this trip in a personal capacity.

This visit aims to help them understand not only the suffering and destruction experienced by the people of Gaza, but also their hope and strength, he said. -she added.

The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, briefed ambassadors on the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza before traveling to the besieged territory for his third visit since the start of the war on October 7.

There is deep frustration, disappointment and a little outrage too because we can't even reach consensus for a ceasefire, Lazzarini said after the meeting.

According to him, the situation of the Palestinians is desperate in Gaza. More and more people haven't eaten for a day, two days, three days… people are lacking everything.

According to the UN, more than half of the homes have been destroyed or damaged by the war in this territory where 1.9 million people have been displaced, or 85% of the population.

The Gaza Strip has been shelled by Israel since the start of the war triggered by an attack of unprecedented scale launched on October 7 by Hamas commandos infiltrated into Israel since Gaza, during which 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed, according to authorities.

According to the ruling Hamas Ministry of Health In Gaza, more than 18,200 people have been killed in the Palestinian territory by Israeli bombardments since October 7, the vast majority of them women and Palestinians under the age of 18.

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