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Egypt urges Israel to halt airstrikes on Rafah border crossing with Gaza

October 12, 2023 at 3:44 pm

A picture taken on October 10, 2023, shows the closed gates of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt [SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images]

Egypt urged Israel, on Thursday, to avoid attacking the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow repair and restoration after Israeli airstrikes affected operations on the Palestinian side, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Rafah border crossing is open and has not been closed since the start of the ongoing escalation,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman wrote on X.

However, its facilities on the Palestinian side have been destroyed due to Israeli airstrikes, which affected its operations

He said:

Egypt calls Israel to avoid targeting the Palestinian side of the crossing point, to allow the repair and restoration

The statement encouraged the international community, governments and non-governmental organisations to provide humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza as part of their humanitarian moral responsibility in response to the suffering under continuous Israeli airstrikes, according to the statement.

It also said Egyptian authorities dedicated the El Arish International Airport to receive humanitarian aid for the Gaza Strip.

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