Egypt rejects Israeli “de facto policies”, reaffirms support for Palestinian aid channels

Mohamed Samir
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This handout picture released by the Israeli army shows Israeli forces operating on the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on May 7, 2024. - The Israeli army said it took "operational control" of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing on May 7 and that troops were scanning the area. (Photo by Israeli Army / AFP) /

Egypt has reiterated its opposition to “de facto policies” imposed by Israel and reaffirmed its commitment to aiding the Palestinian territories, particularly Gaza, a high-ranking Egyptian official told Daily News Egypt on Friday.


The official underscored Egypt’s stance that the Rafah border crossing is an “Egyptian-Palestinian gateway” and outlined plans to re-establish aid channels through a mechanism agreed upon with the Palestinian Authority.


This comes amidst a growing health crisis in Gaza exacerbated by fuel shortages, severely impacting hospital operations. To address this, Egypt has reached a temporary agreement with the United States to enable aid delivery through the Kerem Shalom Crossing.


The official stressed that this is a temporary measure until Israel withdraws from the Rafah Crossing area and normal operations resume according to established frameworks.


He also reaffirmed the nation’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause, emphasizing the importance of facilitating aid to meet the urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza.


The official concluded by rejecting any prevailing de facto policies imposed by the Israeli side, highlighting the North African nation’s commitment to a collaborative approach with the Palestinian Authority in delivering essential aid.

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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: LinkedIn:
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