Egypt threatens to suspend key peace treaty if Israel pushes into Rafah on its border: Officials

Feb 12, 2024



Rafah: Egypt is threatening to suspend its peace treaty with Israel israeli soldier Two Egyptian officials and a Western diplomat said on Sunday that troops were being sent to the densely populated Gaza border city of Rafah, where fighting could force the closure of the besieged region's main aid supply route.
The threat to suspend the Camp David accords, a cornerstone of regional stability for nearly half a century, came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said sending troops to Rafah was necessary to win the four-month war against Palestinian militant group Hamas.
More than half of Gaza's population of 2.3 million has fled to Rafah to escape fighting in other areas, and they are packed into huge tent camps and UN-run shelters near the border. Egypt fears a massive influx of Palestinian refugees, numbering millions, who will never be allowed to return.
The standoff between Israel and Egypt, two of America's closest allies, came as aid groups warned that the attack in Rafah would worsen the already devastating humanitarian situation in Gaza, where about 80% of residents have fled their homes and where The United Nations says a quarter of the population faces starvation.
Hamas' al-Aqsa television station quoted an unnamed Hamas official as saying that any offensive on Rafah would “destroy” talks brokered by the US, Egypt and Qatar aimed at achieving a ceasefire and the release of Israeli hostages. .
Israel's attack has caused widespread destruction, especially in northern Gaza, and heavy fighting is still taking place in central Gaza and the southern city of Khan Yunis. In Gaza City on Sunday, remaining residents covered decomposing bodies in the streets or carried bodies to graves. Some roads were left with heaps of sand due to the bombing. Smoke is coming out from the destroyed buildings. A ground operation in Rafah could cut off one of Gaza's only routes to deliver vital food and medical supplies.



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