Israel’s Defence Force (IDF) announced in a statement on Twitter that an IDF tank accidentally opened fire and hit an Egyptian post adjacent to the border in the Kerem Shalom region on Sunday evening, 22 October.
Egypt on Tuesday moved to prevent a mass exodus from the besieged Gaza Strip into its Sinai Peninsula as Israeli bombardment prevented crossing at the Rafah border crossing, which is the Palestinian enclave’s main exit point, Gaza officials and Egyptian security sources said.
Gaza’s sole border crossing with Egypt, the only entry point not controlled by Israel, was hit by an Israeli air strike Tuesday for the third time in 24 hours, an AFP photographer and an NGO said.
In a concerning development, Israeli occupation aircraft bombed the gate at the Rafah Crossing, which serves as a vital link between Egypt and Gaza.
The plight of Egyptian truck drivers stranded on the country’s border with Sudan has persisted for almost three months, a crisis reportedly marred by Egypt’s “official indifference” and the bureaucracy of the Sudanese side, resulting in the death of at least 15 truckers.
With Sudan’s conflict now at the 100-day mark, advocacy groups are calling on Sudan’s neighbor Egypt to ease entry requirements for refugees, saying displaced Sudanese face a dire situation.
The ongoing war in Sudan has caused tens of thousands of civilians to flee to neighbouring countries. Most of them made their way to Egypt, which allowed women, children and the elderly to cross at a snail’s pace, but many men were turned back for visas.
The European Union signed an agreement with Egypt on Sunday for the first phase of an 80 million-euro border management program, a statement from the EU delegation in Cairo said, at a time when Egyptian migration to Europe has been rising, reported Reuters.
Locals of the besieged coastal enclave said on Monday that all Egyptian facilities of Gazans’ travelling are a mere “lie and deception”, mentioning that returnees from Cairo still experience a convoluted experience.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry denies a statement issued by its Libyan counterpart about the “mistreatment” that Libyans were subjected to while transiting to and from Egypt.