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Egypt says it is still negotiating with Israel over entry of aid to Gaza

Members of a humanitarian aid convoy for the Gaza Strip wave Egyptian and Palestinian flags at Rafah crossing port, Egypt, Oct. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Omar Aziz)
Members of a humanitarian aid convoy for the Gaza Strip wave Egyptian and Palestinian flags at Rafah crossing port, Egypt, Oct. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Omar Aziz)

Egypt is still negotiating with Israel on the delivery of humanitarian assistance and fuel to Gaza from its crossing points, Rafah and Kerem Shalom, a senior Egyptian official says as trucks loaded with aid wait for permission to cross into the territory.

The official says Israel still insists on searching all aid deliveries and wants to “ensure that such aid won’t benefit Hamas.”

He says they’re also negotiating a compromise that would allow foreign passport holders to cross into Egypt. Egypt has proposed that the United Nations oversee the process with help from Egyptian forces, the official said. Israel has yet to respond to the proposal.

The US, Qatar, the UN and several European countries are involved in the talks, which are led by security agencies in Egypt and Israel, the official says.

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