UNRWA Chief: Egyptian Side of Rafah Crossing Remained Open Throughout Gaza Conflict

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Rafah crossing never closed from the Egyptian side during Gaza war

Philippe Lazzarini, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), strongly condemned the Israeli military operations in Gaza, labeling them as humanitarian crimes. He criticized the Israeli forces for targeting civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Lazzarini emphasized that the Rafah border crossing, from the Egyptian side, has remained open throughout the ongoing conflict, as reported by Al Qahera News.

Rashwan argued that Israeli officials had publicly stated their refusal to allow aid, particularly fuel, into Gaza

Diaa Rashwan, the Head of Egypt’s State Information Service, refuted the Israeli defense team’s claims at the International Court of Justice that Egypt was responsible for hindering the entry of relief and humanitarian supplies into Gaza via the Rafah crossing.

Rashwan argued that Israeli officials, including the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and Energy Minister, had publicly stated their refusal to allow aid, particularly fuel, into Gaza since the conflict’s outset. This contradicts the Israeli claims, according to Rashwan.

Rashwan also asserted that Israel was attempting to blame Egypt to avoid being held accountable for its actions in front of the International Court of Justice. He clarified that Egypt’s sovereignty only extends to the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing, while the other side is under the control of the occupying authority.

 

Egypt dispatched Egyptian trucks with Egyptian drivers to directly deliver aid to Gaza’s residents

Egypt has repeatedly called on Israel to cease obstructing or delaying humanitarian aid’s entry under the pretext of inspection and to allow the free flow of assistance to Gaza.

These calls have been made in official statements by Egypt’s President, Foreign Ministry, and relevant parties.

During negotiations for a week-long humanitarian truce in Gaza, involving Egypt, Qatar, and the United States, Rashwan noted that the Israeli side displayed great resistance in determining the amount of aid allowed into Gaza.

To overcome Israeli obstacles at the Karm Abu Salem crossing, Egypt dispatched Egyptian trucks with Egyptian drivers to directly deliver aid to Gaza’s residents rather than transferring it to Palestinian trucks.

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