Published On: Mon, Oct 16th, 2023

Gaza-Egypt border crossing may open; Biden warns against occupation

Gaza-Egypt border crossing may open; Biden warns against occupation
Gaza-Egypt border crossing may open; Biden warns against occupation

Hamas denies truce for Rafah crossing

The political wing of Hamas has denied that there is any sort of truce agreement in place to allow the Rafah border crossing with Egypt to open today to allow foreign nationals to leave Gaza.

Izzat Al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’ Political Bureau, said in a statement that “There is no truth” to what it called Western and Israeli media reports that a truce had been agreed.Earlier on Monday, the Israeli military also denied that a ceasefire was in place.

Israel to evacuate residents from near Lebanese border

TEL AVIV — Israelis living near the northern border with Lebanon are being evacuated from the area, where Israel has been trading fire with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Israel’s defense ministry said.

Residents in northern Israel who live within 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) of the border will be taken to state-funded guesthouses, according to a plan announced by the ministry’s National Emergency Management Authority.

The evacuation, approved by Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, will be managed by the heads of the 28 municipalities affected, the ministry said in a statement.

Israel denies cease-fire allowing foreign national Palestinians to cross into Egypt

ASHDOD — The Israeli government has denied reports of a cease-fire allowing foreign national Palestinians to cross the border from southern Gaza into Egypt today with humanitarian aid going in.

The Palestinian Embassy said that foreign national Palestinians would be able to do so from from 9 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) today, but as of now it appears the crossing remains closed.

“There is currently no ceasefire and humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip in exchange for the expulsion of foreigners,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.

Salama Marouf, head of the Gaza media office said: “We have not received, until this moment, any communications or confirmations from the relevant authorities on the Egyptian side about the intention to open the Rafah crossing today, and everything that is being circulated in particular is attributed to the enemy media.”

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