Humanitarian Consequences for Gazans Continue to Rise as the Rahah Crossing to Egypt Remains Closed

several weeks, egyptian official They are debating whether to open the Rafah border to the Gaza Strip, but also the cost of doing so. At the same time, it could help seriously injured Palestinians leave the area, potentially leading to a surge in Palestinian refugees.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said earlier this week: “We are ready to sacrifice millions of lives to ensure that no one invades our territory.”

The Rafah crossing is the main road through which people, goods and aid enter Israel. Egypt controls it.

“It does not function like a normal border. It is selective and can be activated or deactivated. This is not an invisible border like crossing the Schengen area or state borders in the United States. They are not open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said Lorenzo Navone, a sociologist specializing in borders and conflict at the University of Strasbourg.

according to ReutersThousands of displaced Palestinians are flooding into the Rafah region to escape Israeli attacks, the United Nations said Wednesday.

The United Nations Humanitarian Office stated: report Most of the evacuees in Rafah reportedly slept without tents due to a lack of available shelter. But the United Nations said it had distributed hundreds of tents.

Meanwhile, Egypt's authoritarian president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has said he does not support forcibly displacing people.

“Egypt confirms and reiterates that it vehemently rejects the forced displacement and deportation of Palestinians to Egyptian territory in the Sinai Peninsula. “It would shatter the dreams of the Palestinian people and the Arab-Muslim people for the Palestinian cause, which has been going on for 75 years.”

Those who were able to cross Rafah were selected as part of an opaque process, with the Guardian reporting that negotiations appear to be taking place between Israel and Egypt in Qatar.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the region on Friday, hoping to encourage more people to leave Gaza and thereby free more hostages.

The United Nations said it had deployed some 59 trucks carrying water, food and medicine to Gaza through Rafah.

Before the blockade, around 500 to 800 aid trucks were entering Gaza every day, but since the blockade, the largest convoy has grown to 217 in a single day.

Photo courtesy: ©Getty Images/Mahmoud Khaled / Stringer

Video provided by: France 24 English (via YouTube)

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has been covering news at since 2014. She also writes for The Houston Chronicle, US News and World Report, and writes a blog migraine runner.


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