Israeli army radio said on Thursday that Tel Aviv and Cairo are close to reaching an understanding regarding the city of Rafah on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and the Philadelphia axis, while Cairo did not comment.
The radio said recent weeks had seen continued dialogue between the two sides at security levels; According to Anadolu Agency, sources familiar with the details confirm that coordination is on the way to finding solutions to the sensitive issues raised.
He reported that “According to estimates, Israel has received a commitment from Egypt not to operate in the Rafah area (south of the Gaza Strip) before allowing the large population there (about one million people) to evacuate the area.” in order to reduce the risk of waves of Palestinian refugees coming from Gaza to Egyptian territory, and that “this is the main concern of Egyptians.”
The radio said Israel has not yet decided where it will take the residents, but there are two options on the table: evacuating them to the northern Gaza Strip, which requires a political decision (..) or to Khan Yunis. After (South), the Israeli Army has ended the intensive military operation there.
Since the beginning of the devastating Israeli war on the Gaza Strip on October 7, thousands of Palestinians have been displaced from the north and center of the Gaza Strip to the south, with thousands of homes destroyed. Therefore, the city of Rafah has become the most crowded.
On the other hand, Army Radio indicated that “The conclusion that follows with regard to the Philadelphia axis is that Israel will have a certain influence on whatever happens along the axis, but without the permanent physical presence of Israeli forces. “
“Such Israeli influence can occur through the technological means that are being established in Philadelphia,” he said.
“A Gulf Arab country has expressed willingness to finance the construction of an underground wall against smuggling tunnels leading from Gaza to Egypt, but on the condition that Cairo approves the entire move,” the radio said.
Egypt has not yet officially commented on the Army Radio report.
On Tuesday, US website Axios said Israeli General Security Service (Shin Bet) director Ronen Bar visited Cairo on Monday and discussed the Philadelphia border file with Abbas Kamel, the head of Egypt's intelligence service. Axis.
The visit took place amid tensions in relations between Egypt and Israel, against the backdrop of statements by Israeli officials confirming their intention to launch a military operation on the border and take control of the Philadelphia axis, which Egypt strongly rejects. Had done it.
The Philadelphia Axis, also known as the Salah al-Din Axis, is within a buffer zone under the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel in 1979. Its width does not exceed hundreds of meters, and it extends to the Gaza border with Egypt. Length of 14.5 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea to the Kerem Shalom crossing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed on more than one occasion that it was necessary to take military control.
Since October 7, 2023, Israeli forces have been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, which as of Wednesday, according to Palestinian officials, has left 26,900 martyred and 65,949 wounded, most of them children and women, and caused massive destruction . According to the United Nations, an unprecedented humanitarian disaster.
Source , israeli press , Anatolia Agency