Egypt raises preparedness level in north Sinai ahead of Israel’s Rafah offensive

Egypt raised its military’s level of preparedness in northern Sinai, which borders the Gaza Strip, after Israel called for the evacuation of the civilian population in parts of Rafah ahead of a planned operation, say Egyptian security sources.

The Wall Street Journal reported in February that Egyptian officials warned the decades-long peace treaty between Egypt and Israel could be suspended if Israel Defense Forces’ troops enter Rafah, or if any of Rafah’s refugees are forced southward into the Sinai Peninsula.

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