Israeli Prime Minister Denies Reports of Rafah Crossing Reopening

Israeli Prime Minister Denies Reports of Rafah Crossing Reopening

Israeli Prime Minister Denies Rafah Crossing Reopening

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refuted reports suggesting the reopening of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

The Rafah crossing is currently the sole route out of the territory, subject to control by Hamas, Egypt, and Israel.

The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, announced on Sunday that the crossing would open to allow aid delivery and the evacuation of foreign passport holders, prompting thousands of people to gather at the border in an attempt to leave Gaza before a potential Israeli ground offensive.

UN Official Warns of Gaza’s Dire Humanitarian Situation

A UN official has issued a warning that Gaza is facing a critical humanitarian situation due to a severe lack of food and water.

Israel has imposed blockades on the supply of water, electricity, and food across its border with Gaza following the recent Hamas terror attack, which has resulted in over 1,400 Israeli casualties.

An Israeli Defense Force ground invasion of the densely-populated strip is widely anticipated.

Increased Hostages in Gaza and Uncertain Crossing

The Israeli military has reported that 199 hostages are being held in Gaza, a higher figure than previous estimates.

As for the possibility of opening the Rafah crossing into Egypt for people fleeing Gaza, there is optimism but also caution regarding the feasibility of such reports.

Hamas Reports Many Trapped Under Rubble

Hamas has reported that more than 1,000 Palestinians are trapped under the rubble in Gaza. This raises concerns about an impending humanitarian and environmental crisis.

EU Leaders Convene Summit Amid Escalating Conflict

European Union leaders are convening an emergency summit on Tuesday due to concerns that the Israel-Hamas conflict could lead to inter-communal tensions in Europe and an influx of refugees seeking sanctuary.

EU Council President Charles Michel has highlighted the potential security consequences for European societies stemming from the ongoing conflict.

Russian and Chinese Officials Discuss Conflict Resolution

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the Israel-Hamas conflict with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Both officials emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire and the establishment of a humanitarian aid channel.

They also called for deepening strategic mutual trust between their countries.

German Chancellor’s Upcoming Visit to Israel

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is set to travel to Israel on Tuesday, following a recent visit by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.

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