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Egypt won’t oppose Rafah operation if Israel commits to avoiding civilian casualties – report

Palestinians stand by the border fence with Egypt in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on January 24, 2024. (AFP)
Palestinians stand by the border fence with Egypt in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on January 24, 2024. (AFP)

Senior Egyptian officials have told their Israeli counterparts that they won’t oppose an operation in Rafah so long as it is carried out in such a way that Palestinian civilian casualties are avoided, Army Radio reports.

According to the report, the message from Cairo indicates that while Egypt may issue strong criticism of Israel should it launch an offensive in Gaza’s southernmost city, it won’t act in a way that prevents the IDF from operating.

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

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