Egypt insists on Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian side of Rafah crossing in Cairo meeting

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Jun 2024

The Egyptian-US-Israeli meeting held earlier Sunday in Cairo over the Rafah crossing issue concluded with Egypt insisting on Israel's withdrawal from the Palestinian side of the crossing to reopen it, a high-level informed source told Al-Qahera News TV channel.

Rafah border crossing
Rafah border crossing


According to the source, the Egyptian delegation adhered to Egypt’s firm position on the need for Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing to resume its operation.

The Egyptian security delegation stressed Israel's full responsibility for preventing the entry of relief and humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.

Moreover, the delegation reiterated the need for immediate action to allow the entry of at least 350 aid trucks into the strip daily, including all necessary food, medical, or fuel supplies. 

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.

Since that time, no humanitarian aid enters to a population facing famine in Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

Last week, Egypt has agreed to send aid temporarily through the Karm Abu Salem crossing until Israel withdraws from the main passage.

The latest round of truce talks held in Cairo in early May ended 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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