UN flag to be raised at Rafah crossing to protest against Israeli airstrikes ahead of opening

AP , Thursday 19 Oct 2023

A U.N. flag will be raised at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza to protect against Israeli airstrikes under a U.N.-brokered deal between Israel and Egypt to allow aid into the Palestinian territory.

This picture taken on October 19, 2023 shows a view of the gate to the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. AFP


An Egyptian official and a European diplomat said observers from the U.N. will also inspect trucks carrying aid before crossing into Gaza.

They said the U.N will oversee the aid, along with the Egyptians and Palestinian Red Crescent societies, to ensure it is given to civilians and not used by Palestinian militants.

The Egyptian official said they are still negotiating with Israel over allowing fuel into Gaza, where a shortage has forced the closure of multiple hospitals.

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