Egypt prioritizes national security and Palestinian rights even amid treaty obligations: Source to Al-Qahera News

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 May 2024

Egypt's commitment to its international obligations and treaties does not stop it from protecting its national security and upholding the historical rights of the Palestinian people, a high-level source told Al-Qahera News TV channel on Tuesday.

People ferry water at a makeshift tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah near the border with
People ferry water at a makeshift tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. AFP


From the very beginning, Cairo's stance on the Israeli aggression in Gaza has been firm, the source added, stressing that Egypt has warned Israel about the consequences of the escalation in the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, the source asserted that the Israeli media claims about any form of coordination with Israel concerning its military operation in the Palestinian city of Rafah are false, affirming that Egypt has rejected any such coordination.

"The Israeli media intentionally spreads false information to distract from its internal turmoil," the source noted.

On 7 May, Israel launched ground assaults in the Palestinian city of Rafah near the border with Egypt, which shelters over half of Gaza’s 2.3 million population. 

Israeli tanks moved into the city and took over the Palestinian side of the crossing between Gaza and Egypt, raising the Israeli flags at the site. 

Cairo has condemned the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, warning that Tel Aviv was evading all attempts to reach a ceasefire and escalating an already bloody conflict.

Furthermore, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry said that Cairo's stance on its peace treaty with Israel is linked to how events develop and Egyptian interests.

He emphasized that Egypt has constantly demanded the end of Israel’s military operation in Gaza and allowing humanitarian aid to flow unhindered into the strip.

Last week, Egypt announced it would intervene in support of South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice, becoming the sixth Arab country to join South Africa's lawsuit, following Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Libya.

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