Sisi closely following up on developments in Gaza

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 May 2024

A high-level source told Al-Qahera News on Sunday that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is closely following developments in the Gaza Strip.

A woman and child arrive on foot at the Daraj quarter of Gaza City. AFP


“The Egyptian President is following up with the relevant crisis cell on the situation [in Gaza],” the source added, noting that El-Sisi has directed to intensify the necessary measures to prevent further escalation.

Despite the mounting international pressure on Israel to agree to a ceasefire and end its seven-month-long war in Gaza, Israel has proceeded with its planned operations in the Palestinian border city of Rafah.

The Israeli forces deployed tanks into the city, located in southern Gaza, seized control of the Palestinian side of the border crossing with Egypt, and urged the city's residents to leave. Therefore, not a single aid truck has been admitted into Gaza since Tuesday.

More than 1.5 million Palestinian people – mostly previously displaced – are currently crammed in Rafah.

In response, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, warned in a phone call on Friday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of security consequences that may arise due to the Israeli operations in the Palestinian border city of Rafah.

"Egypt–Israel peace treaty at high risk"

Earlier on Saturday, a high-level source said there is no truth to Israeli media reports about coordination between Israel and Egypt at the Rafah crossing.

Egypt also informed all concerned parties of Israel's responsibility for the deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Gaza, an informed source added.

On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that Cairo has lodged protests with Israel, the United States, and European governments, saying the the Israeli offensive has put the Egypt–Israel peace treaty at high risk.

The AP cited a senior Egyptian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Egypt–Israel peace treaty was signed by late Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat and then-Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin in 1979 in Washington, following the 1978 Camp David Accords.

The agreement, signed in the wake of the Egyptian victory in the 1973 War against Israel, ended Israel's occupation of the Sinai Peninsula in 1967. As per the treaty, Egypt became the first Arab country to recognize Israel.

On Sunday, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry emphasized that the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty is a strategic choice Egypt has made for four decades as a cornerstone for achieving peace and security in the region.

He added that the treaty has mechanisms that can be activated to address any violations that may occur within a technical framework and through the Military Liaison Committee, stressing that Egypt continues to deal with the treaty from that perspective.

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