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Israel controls the Gaza Strip border corridor with Egypt – media

Israel controls the Gaza Strip border corridor with Egypt – media

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The AP suggests that the seizure of the Philadelphia Corridor could complicate Israel’s relations with Egypt.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) control the strategic Philadelphia Corridor on the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt. The military hopes, in this way, to block Hamas’ smuggling tunnels. The AP reported this on Thursday, May 30, citing comments from anonymous officials.

Israel informed Egypt that the corridor had been captured. TsAGAL discovered about 20 tunnels, including previously unknown ones, and 82 access points to them. The corridor is part of a vast demilitarized zone along the Israeli-Egyptian border. Under the countries’ 1979 peace accord, each side is allowed to station only a small number of troops or border guards in the zone, although this number can be changed by mutual agreement. .

The narrow corridor, about 100 meters (yards) wide in some places, stretches a 14-kilometer stretch of the Gaza Strip’s border with Egypt. This is where the Rafah crossing is located, where Palestinians enter Egypt. Since the capture of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has had complete freedom of action across the border.

“The Philadelphia corridor served as Hamas’ oxygen line through which the militants regularly smuggled weapons,” said Israel’s top military spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari.

The media suggests that the acquisition of the Philadelphia Corridor could complicate Israel’s relationship with Egypt, which has complained about Israel’s advances toward its border. The Cairo official said that any increase in troops in the strategic border zone would violate the peace agreement between the countries.

Let’s remember that the media reported that Israel adapted the operation in Rafah to the requirements of the US.

The International Court of Justice demands that Israel stop the operation in Rafah

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