According to Israeli state television, the Cairo administration informed Israel that it would suspend the peace agreement if Rafah was entered by land.
Egypt also warned Hamas that it must reach an agreement on the prisoner exchange within 2 weeks, otherwise Israel will continue its ground operation in Gaza.
BORDER LINE HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED
According to the news, Egypt has strengthened its border defense system with fences, cameras, watchtowers and sensors.
NO OFFICIAL STATEMENT HAS BEEN MADE
There is no statement yet from Egypt regarding this news published in the Israeli press.
PEACE AGREEMENT IN FORCE
The Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty was signed in Washington, USA, on March 26, 1979, following the decisions taken at the Camp David Convention. The most important articles of the agreement include “ending the state of war between the parties, normalizing relations, Israel’s withdrawal of its troops from the Sinai Peninsula and demilitarization of the region.”
STATEMENT OF ISRAEL’S GROUND OPERATION
In his statement on February 4, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that they would launch a land attack on the city of Rafah, which is located on the Egyptian border and where hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Israeli attacks took shelter.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, in his statement during his visit to Israeli troops in the Khan Younis region of the Gaza Strip on February 1, said that they would move their land attacks to the city of Rafah.
The Palestinian administration also stated that Israel’s attacks moving to the city of Rafah would mean “a new cycle of genocide” and that this threatened 1.5 million Palestinians.
The city of Rafah, located on the Egyptian border, hosts approximately half the population of Gaza, which has a population of 2.3 million, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced due to Israeli attacks taking shelter in the city.
Israeli forces target the city of Rafah with frequent air strikes. It is feared that civilians will have no shelter in the Gaza Strip if Israel launches a land attack on the city of Rafah.
In Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip since October 7, 28 thousand 64 Palestinians, including at least 12 thousand children and 8 thousand 190 women, were killed and 67 thousand 611 people were injured.
While it is reported that there are still thousands of dead under the rubble, civilian infrastructure is also being destroyed by targeting hospitals and educational institutions where people took shelter.