Gaza-Egypt border is now under tension as Israeli forces are planning to enter the city of Rafah. According to UN estimates, there are currently more than 1.3 million Palestinians in Rafah, who were evacuated from other areas of Gaza. Residents of Rafah who were evacuated from it on Friday told CNN that they “are afraid they will have nowhere else to go if Israel enters the city,” which is very close to the Gaza-Egypt border.
Martin Griffiths, who is responsible for the humanitarian issue in the organization, warned: “There is nowhere else to go in Gaza, the citizens must be protected and all their essential needs such as protected spaces, food and health must be provided.”
The American Wall Street Journal reported that officials in the Biden administration pointed to the operation in Rafah as a point of contention with Israel. “Military action would be disastrous for these people, it’s not something we support,” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.
In Arab countries there is also opposition to the Israeli action. The Saudi Foreign Ministry came out against Israel’s intention to enter Rafah. The Jordanian Foreign Ministry also “warns of the danger” of the IDF entering Rafah.
The expected Israeli action in Rafah raises tensions between Israel and Egypt. Cairo has made it clear that any action in the city without coordination will severely damage relations between the countries. Egypt has taken measures to prepare for the possibility that Palestinians would try to cross into Egypt, including installing various technological measures such as cameras and sensors on the border with