Egypt refutes claims of Israel’s involvement in Rafah checkpoint management

The Rafah checkpoint, located on the border of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula, remains under Egyptian control despite Israel’s proposal for joint management. According to informed sources, the proposal was presented to Egypt by a delegation of Israeli security services on May 15. However, Cairo’s official stance remains unchanged: the checkpoint must be under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

An Israeli official source stated that Rafah was a main topic of negotiations between Israel and Egypt. Meanwhile, a Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported that Egyptian authorities have informed the US administration that any attempt to change the situation on the border between Egypt and Gaza Strip through military means is unacceptable to them. It is alleged that Israeli authorities have stated that they do not plan to withdraw troops from the Rafah checkpoint.

Egypt ceased delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza following the takeover of the checkpoint by IDF in order to avoid any perception that official Cairo approved changes in status quo at the checkpoint. The situation remains tense as negotiations between Egypt and Israel over management of Rafah continue.

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