US National Security Council official: Egypt played a wonderful role regarding the Rafah crossing

US National Security Council official: Egypt played a wonderful role regarding the Rafah crossing

Hadeel Hilal

Published on: Monday, February 12, 2024 – 8:47 PM | Last updated: Monday, February 12, 2024 – 8:47 PM

Strategic Communications Coordinator for the US National Security Council, John Kirby, said that Washington continues to support Israel, noting that “Tel Aviv has the right to defend itself against Hamas.”

He added during a press conference, on Monday evening, that “Egypt played a wonderful role regarding the Rafah crossing, and allowed citizens of Gaza to leave when they wanted to.”

He pointed out that “his country continues to communicate with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi regarding the appropriate use of the Rafah crossing,” stressing that his country “rejects the redistribution of the Palestinian population outside Gaza.”

He continued: “We are continuing discussions with our counterparts in the region. Gaza is their home and they should not be forced to leave the Strip if they do not want to. There will be operations in or around Rafah, and the Israelis are committed to providing safety for innocent Palestinians.”

He refused to address the diplomatic talks currently being conducted by Washington, commenting: “We do not want to see any Palestinian forced to leave. This is his home and his homeland, and if there are people who hold other nationalities who need to leave, we are coordinating with Egypt regarding this.”

He considered that “transporting more than a million civilians from Rafah, providing safety for this number, and finding places for them, is difficult for any army.”

He stressed that his country is continuing discussions with Israel about this issue, stressing that “the protection of civilians must be taken into consideration.”

When asked about the possibility of cutting off military supplies to Israel if it launches a military operation in Rafah before the safe transfer of civilians, he replied: “I will not make assumptions. We have been clear with the Israelis about our expectations in dealing with the innocents in Rafah, and we continue to support Israel because it has the right and duty to defend.” About herself.


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