Rafah: Egypt warns against ‘dire humanitarian repercussions’

Egypt’s top diplomat stressed the serious security risks resulting from the ongoing Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip…reports Asian Lite News

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry stressed the importance of resuming deliveries of aid to the Gaza Strip after Israel halted access through the Rafah Border Crossing in recent days, during a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

According to the Egyptian foreign ministry, Shoukry reiterated the dire humanitarian repercussions that will affect more than 1.4 million Palestinians in Rafah as a result of the closure of the border crossing and the ongoing wide-scale Israeli attacks.

Egypt’s top diplomat also stressed the serious security risks resulting from the ongoing Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, especially in the Palestinian city of Rafah, and the relevant threats to regional stability.

360k fled Rafah

Almost 360,000 people have fled the southern city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip since the Israeli army issued the first evacuation orders a week ago, according to UN figures.

“There’s nowhere to go. There’s NO safety without a #ceasefire,” the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) wrote on X on Monday

Rafah, which is already overcrowded with internally displaced persons, is seen as the militant Palestinian organization Hamas’ last stronghold.

Fierce fighting between Israel’s army and armed Palestinians continued on Monday at various locations in the north, south and centre of the coastal strip.

UNRWA’s statement added that in northern Gaza, bombardments and further evacuation orders have caused more displacement and “fear for thousands of families.”

The military arm of Hamas reported on Telegram about attacks on Israeli troops in various locations, including in Rafah in the south as well as in the refugee neighbourhood of Jabalia and in al-Saitun in northern Gaza.

There were fresh rocket alerts on Monday in Israeli border towns on the edge of the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the situation in the Gaza Strip, according to reports on Monday.

According to his office, Gallant discussed the “developments in Gaza, including [Israel Defense Forces] operations across the strip in the face of terror hotspots, and the precise operation in the Rafah area against remaining Hamas battalions, while securing the [Rafah border] crossing.”

Blinken reiterated that the United States remains opposed to a major Israeli ground offensive in Rafah, “where over 1 million people have taken shelter,” a US State Department spokesman said.

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