Egyptian, US, and Israeli Officials Are Convening to Address Rafah Border Crisis

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Qatar, Egypt, and the United States have together urged Hamas and Israel to reach a deal based on the principles of a US proposal, according to a statement issued by the Qatari foreign ministry on Saturday.

Today, Egyptian, American, and Israeli officials are meeting in Cairo to discuss the reopening of the Rafah border crossing and strategies for enhancing security along the Egypt-Gaza border.

This gathering reflects Egypt’s ongoing efforts to ensure the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from the crossing. Egypt has consistently held Israel responsible for the closure’s adverse effects, particularly on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Despite Israeli assertions to the contrary, Cairo has denied involvement in the crossing’s closure.

 

 

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The three countries urge Hamas and Israel to act “as mediators in the ongoing discussions to secure a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of hostages and detainees.”

The Rafah crossing has been shut since Israel intensified its operations in Gaza, including deploying ground troops into Rafah city on May 7th. Egypt has condemned Israeli control over the Palestinian side of the crossing and has refused collaboration with Israel on aid delivery through Rafah. Earlier this week, Egyptian aid convoys entered Gaza via Israel’s Karm Abu Salem crossing following an agreement between President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and US President Joe Biden.

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