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Egypt's Attempts to Prevent the Displacement of Palestinians to Sinai

On Friday 29 of December, the Egyptian Red Crescent announced it had set up large-scale camps at the behest of the Egyptian political leadership southwest of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.

Capable of housing over 6,000 people and providing comprehensive relief and medical services, it provides the basic daily needs of food and water for the camp's residents.

Israeli media revealed huge camps recently put up by Egypt inside the Palestinian city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip in order to shelter refugees in the south of the Strip.

The Israeli news website Zman said that Egypt set up a massive camp in Palestinian Rafah in order to keep the problem within the borders of Gaza and not allow it to flow south towards the Sinai Peninsula.

The Hebrew website Zman indicated that the numbers testify to the situation's complexity in Palestinian Rafah. The population of the city before the residents of Khan Yunis fled was about 200 thousand people. However, it became close to one million people after they joined the residents of the northern Gaza Strip who arrived in the border town in Egypt at the beginning of the war,in the southern Gaza strip.

The Israeli news website confirmed that Tel Aviv is well aware that any attack in this region could lead to a mass flight of refugees towards Egypt and a violation of the borderline, which could lead to a deterioration in relations between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

The site pointed out that Egypt had already prepared and built earth dams and trenches along the fence a month and a half ago.

Egyptian media reported that the Egyptian Red Crescent, under the guidance of the political leadership, established a relief camp in the city of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The first phase of setting up the camp is about to be completed and includes setting up 300 tents to accommodate more than 1,500 people.

The relief camp in Khan Yunis comes within the framework of Egypt's efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and accommodate thousands of displaced people from its north.

On October 11, it was reported that Egypt had attempted a mass exodus of Palestinians to Sinai. The two Egyptian security sources added that the Israeli attack on Gaza raised concerns in Cairo, which led Israel to open a safe corridor for civilians to leave the Strip instead of encouraging them to flee towards Sinai, according to Reuters news agency.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said, "Egypt will not allow the Palestinian cause to be liquidated and pushed to Sinai", reported by the official Middle East News Agency. 

Edited by Chloe Mansola.


Image-A young girl in Gaza. Displaced persons by Natalia Cieslik licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED



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