Egypt nixes demand to open Rafah crossing

Egypt has rejected Hamas’s terms for a ceasefire with Israel, Walla reports, citing Hamas sources.

Egypt, which is mediating negotiations for a ceasefire between Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Cairo, reportedly refuses to discuss the possibility of opening the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, as well as the establishment of a seaport and airport as conditions for a permanent truce. Egypt says the issue of the Rafah crossing must be resolved between the Palestinians and Egypt, rather than between the Palestinians and Israel.

With less than a day left before the 72-hour truce between the two sides expires, the report indicates that there are still several outstanding issues preventing a long-term agreement. However, Egypt reportedly says it will agree to open the crossing if it is manned by Palestinian Authority personnel.

The sides now await an official Israeli response to the demands.

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