| 23 February 2024, Friday |

Egypt denies reports about Israeli military operations on its border with Gaza

Egypt denied on Saturday reports about an Israeli ground operation starting along the border through the Kerm Abu Salem crossing to the Philadelphia Axis between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Al Qahera News reported.

Earlier, Israeli media outlets reported tensions between Egypt and Israel, saying the Israeli army had launched operations near the Egyptian border.

The Israeli Walla news website said Israeli tanks have begun a ground operation from the Karm Abu Salem, in the southern Strip of Gaza, to the Rafah crossing along the axis of the so-called Philadelphia Route.

According to the Israeli report, Tel Aviv sought to avoid acting on this axis to prevent provoking the Egyptian side.

The expansion of Israeli military operations south of Gaza, especially on the Philadelphia axis is raising Egyptian concern.

It comes amid concerns that tension could rise between the two countries as Cairo fears a “forced displacement of Palestinians” towards the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.


Egyptian MP Mustafa Bakri warned of the repercussions of any Israeli military action near the Egyptian border.

On his X account, the deputy wrote, “This is a dangerous development that portends dire consequences for the border region… Egypt’s borders are a red line.” He said the “Zionist actions” could cause a serious crisis.

Meanwhile, the General Authority for Crossings and Borders in Gaza said on Saturday that Egypt has denied reports about military movements by the Israeli forces along the Egyptian-Palestinian borders.

It said, “Some media outlets are intentionally or unknowingly playing suspicious roles in the transmission of news and information. We ask them to adhere to the national line and the supreme interest of our people.”

The Israeli army continues its harsh military operations in Gaza.

The director general of the Gaza hospital said, “The Israeli occupation carries out massacres in the Gaza Strip,” reporting daily arrival of hundreds of martyrs and wounded to the hospital.

He told Al Qahera News, “We are experiencing a severe shortage of medical supplies… The occupation prevents aid trucks from reaching hospitals and residents.”

The director general then warned about the collapse of the health system in the Gaza Strip.

Until Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said 20,258 people have been killed and 53,688 people were injured in the Israeli attacks.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat