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Egypt’s Sisi: Displacing Palestinians to Sinai could ignite a war with Israel

October 19, 2023 at 11:56 am

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cario on October 18, 2023 [MICHAEL KAPPELER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has rejected the forced displacement of Palestinians to Sinai, warning that such a move would drag Cairo into a war with Israel.

Speaking in a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Olaf Scholz, yesterday, Al-Sisi warned that the continuation of military operations and escalation in Gaza threatens the entire region, pointing to the necessity of resolving the Palestinian issue from a comprehensive perspective that ensures the achievement of the two-state solution.

He added that Israel must allow the entry of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip, stressing that Egypt has not closed the Rafah crossing since the start of the occupation forces’ bombardment of the Strip on 7 October.

The Egyptian president warned that the displacement of Palestinians from Gaza to Egypt will be followed by the displacement of Palestinians from the West Bank to Jordan.

We reject the displacement of Palestinians from their land, and liquidating the Palestinian cause is extremely dangerous. What is happening now in Gaza is an attempt to push citizens to seek refuge and migrate to Egypt

he said.

Al-Sisi stressed that millions of Egyptians are ready to demonstrate in rejection of displacing the Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, describing Israel’s attack on Gaza as “not an act against Hamas, but rather to push the population to leave. If the Palestinians should be displaced, why not transfer them to the Negev until the end of the war?”

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