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Israel and Egypt to Open Rafah Crossing Amid Pressure from Washington: Report

The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. AFP
The Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. AFP

Israel’s Kan television channel reported on Thursday that Egypt and Israel have agreed to reopen the Rafah Border Crossing in southern Gaza.

The measure will mark the first time that the port-of-entry will be operational since the IDF took control of the area earlier this month.

A source told the public broadcaster that the agreement was decided by both parties under pressure from Washington.

Kan stated that Jerusalem agreed to remove its forces from the vicinity and will allow vetted Palestinians to work at the crossing to facilitate the entry of humanitarian supplies until an international agency can be found to replace them.

After the IDF seized the location, Cairo announced that they would keep the crossing closed until it could be placed under Palestinian administration so as not to be viewed as collaborating with the Jewish state.

There was no date provided as to when the proposal would take place.

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