- Egypt has rejected proposals to establish corridors out of Gaza for Palestinians fleeing Israel’s bombardment.
- Says it would have grave consequences for the Palestinian cause.
The Egyptian government has been engaged in intensive talks with Israel and the United States to allow the delivery of aid and fuel through its Rafah crossing point, but it has pushed back against proposals to establish safe passage for civilians out of the enclave.
A senior Egyptian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that an exodus of Palestinians from Gaza would be part of an Israeli scheme to empty the enclave.
Egypt’s state-run media has echoed this sentiment, reporting that Israel’s offensive is part of a plan to displace Palestinians and make it easier for Israel to annex the West Bank.
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The United States has said that it is in active conversations to achieve safe passage out of Gaza for civilians, but it is unclear whether it will be able to convince Egypt to agree to such a proposal.