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Egypt, US, and Israel Reach Ceasefire Agreement in Southern Gaza, Facilitating Opening of Rafah Crossing: Report

Egypt, the United States, and Israel have successfully brokered a ceasefire in southern Gaza, leading to the reopening of the Rafah Crossing. This diplomatic effort aims to de-escalate tensions in the region and improve humanitarian access. The agreement represents a significant step toward peace and stability in the area.

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In a significant development, Egypt, Israel, and the United States have brokered a ceasefire in southern Gaza, set to commence at 0600 GMT, coinciding with the reopening of the Rafah border crossing. This accord was confirmed by two Egyptian security sources on Monday. While the precise duration of the ceasefire remains uncertain, the three nations have collectively agreed to permit the Rafah crossing to be accessible until 1400 GMT on the same day as an initial one-day reopening.

The Rafah crossing, situated on the border between Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip, which is governed by Hamas, is the sole entry point into the Gaza Strip that is not under Israeli control.
Reports indicate that, after the ceasefire commenced at 0600 GMT, aid trucks were still queued up in Al-Arish, awaiting clearance to make their journey to Rafah. The process of getting these trucks into Gaza could take several hours.

Egypt has asserted that, despite Israeli bombardments on the Palestinian side, the crossing has remained open from the Egyptian side in recent days but was rendered inoperable. This situation has delayed the delivery of assistance from numerous countries and organizations, as well as the evacuation of foreign nationals from Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State Blinken confirmed that this agreement was achieved after his visit to Cairo.

However, the Israeli military had no immediate comment when asked for confirmation.

Salama Marouf, the head of the Hamas government’s media office, stated that they have not received any confirmation from the Egyptian side regarding the intention to reopen the crossing.

The U.S. embassy in Israel issued a statement emphasizing the fluid and unpredictable nature of the situation at Rafah, highlighting the uncertainty regarding whether and for how long travelers will be permitted to transit the crossing. It encouraged citizens who feel safe to consider moving toward the crossing.

This development brings a glimmer of hope for the residents of Gaza and the delivery of essential aid, marking a potential turning point in the ongoing regional conflict.