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Rafah Crossing open, Israel obstructing entry of aid to Gaza, says Egypt

October 20, 2023 at 4:31 pm

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres holds a press confrence at the Rafah border crossing on October 20, 2023, in Rafah, Egypt. [Stringer – Anadolu Agency]

Egypt said, Friday, that the Rafah Border Crossing with Gaza was open on its side, accusing Israel of “refusing” the entry of aid into the besieged enclave, Anadolu Agency reports.

Egypt is clearly being targeted in Western media, which is promoting a “displacement scenario” for Palestinians and holding Cairo responsible for the crossing’s closure despite Israel’s “targeted attacks and refusal of aid entry,” Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, said on X.

It has also recently been insinuating that Egypt is responsible for “obstructing third-country nationals” from exiting Gaza, he said.

The spokesman stressed that the Rafah Crossing “is open and Egypt is not responsible for obstructing third-country nationals’ exit.”

Hundreds of US nationals stranded in Gaza are awaiting Rafah’s opening to evacuate, with The New York Times estimating their number to be at 500-600.

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The Rafah Crossing is the only terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

The conflict in Gaza, under Israeli bombardment and blockade since 7 October,  began when Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a multi-pronged surprise attack that included a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea and air. It said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and growing violence by Israeli settlers.

The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza is experiencing a dire humanitarian crisis, with no electricity, while water, food, fuel and medical supplies are running out.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an “immediate humanitarian cease-fire” to ease the “epic human suffering.”

At least 4,137 Palestinians, including 1,524 children and 1,000 women have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, while the figure stands at more than 1,400 people in Israel.

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