Egypt to host talks on Sunday with US, Israel over Rafah crossing

Ahram Online , Sunday 2 Jun 2024

Cairo will host an Egyptian-American-Israeli meeting on Sunday to discuss the reopening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza, a high-level Egyptian source told Al-Qahera News TV channel on Saturday.

Rafah border crossing
Rafah border crossing

 

The source emphasized Egypt's demand for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the crossing, which has been closed since the Israeli forces took control of its Palestinian side in early May.

“Egypt has reiterated to all parties its unwavering stance of not opening the Rafah crossing as long as Israel maintains control over the Palestinian side,” the channel quoted the source as saying.

He affirmed that Cairo held the Israeli side responsible for the consequences of the crossing's closure and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.

The source also noted Cairo is exerting intensive efforts to resume truce negotiations in light of the recent US proposal.

On 7 May, Israel launched its assault on Rafah, taking over the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt for the first time since Israel pulled out its soldiers and settlers from the strip in 2005.

Hence, no humanitarian aid to a population facing famine in Gaza has since entered through the Rafah crossing and Egypt has agreed to send aid temporarily through the Karm Abu Salem crossing until the Israeli withdrawal from the main passage.

The latest round of truce talks, held in Cairo in early May, concluded without reaching a deal.

Jordan announced it would jointly organize with Egypt and the United Nations, an emergency international conference on 11 June on the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza.

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