FM denounces Israeli remarks seeking to ‘shift-blame’ for closure of Rafah crossing onto Egypt

Mohamed Samir
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Israeli soldiers occupying the Palestinian side of Rafah border crossing with Egypt

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry vehemently denounced remarks by his Israeli counterpart demanding the reopening of the Rafah Crossing under Israeli control and placing the onus on Egypt to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Shoukry asserted Egypt’s firm rejection of the “twisting facts” policy and evading responsibility practised by the Israeli side. He emphasized that Israel bears sole responsibility for the humanitarian catastrophe currently faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s Foreign Affairs Minister said on Tuesday Egypt must be ‘persuaded’ to reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza to “allow the continued delivery of international humanitarian aid.”

Israel Katz said in a statement, “the key to preventing a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip is now in the hands of our Egyptian friends”, adding foreign critics blaming Israel for the humanitarian situation in the strip are misguided.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister strongly criticized Israel’s control over the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, its military operations surrounding the crossing, and the resulting endangerment of the lives of relief workers and truck drivers, which is the primary reason for the inability to deliver aid through the crossing.

He demanded that Israel uphold its legal obligations as an occupation force allowing aid to enter through other land crossings under its control to the besieged Gaza Strip

“This crisis is a direct result of Israel’s indiscriminate attacks against Palestinians for over seven months, claiming the lives of over 35,000 civilians, mostly women and children.”

Last week the Israeli troops took “operational control” of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Rafah has been a key entry point for aid and the only exit for people able to flee since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in October.

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Mohamed Samir Khedr is an economic and political journalist, analyst, and editor specializing in geopolitical conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Eastern Mediterranean. For the past decade, he has covered Egypt's and the MENA region's financial, business, and geopolitical updates. Currently, he is the Executive Editor of the Daily News Egypt, where he leads a team of journalists in producing high-quality, in-depth reporting and analysis on the region's most pressing issues. His work has been featured in leading international publications. Samir is a highly respected expert on the Middle East and Africa, and his insights are regularly sought by policymakers, academics, and business leaders. He is a passionate advocate for independent journalism and a strong believer in the power of storytelling to inform and inspire. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Moh_S_Khedr LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohamed-samir-khedr/
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