Israel took control of the entire Gaza-Egypt border

Last Updated on May 30, 2024 1:53 pm

Israel has taken control of a buffer zone along the border between the besieged Palestinian Gaza Strip and Egypt. The country’s army reported this information on Wednesday (May 30). Israel’s occupation of the area gives it control over the entire land border of the Palestinian territories.

In a televised briefing, Israel’s chief military spokesman, Daniel Hagari, said Israeli forces had gained “operational” control over the “Philadelphia Corridor”. For this 14 km long (9 mi) corridor along the Egypt-Gaza border
The Israeli military uses the code name Philadelphia Corridor.

Hagari said the Philadelphia Corridor was serving as an oxygen line for the Palestinian armed group Hamas. Arms were regularly smuggled into Gaza using this line.

The southern border with Egypt was the only land border in the Gaza Strip not occupied by Israel.

The UN’s top court ordered Israel to immediately stop attacks on the city. Despite this, the country sent tanks to Rafah city on Wednesday. Earlier, troops moved into the center of Rafah for the first time on Tuesday.

The International Court of Justice said Israel had not explained how it would keep Palestinians displaced from Rafah safe and provide them with food, water and medicine. The court’s ruling called for the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli hostages taken by Hamas from Israeli territory on October 7.

Rafah residents said Israeli tanks pushed near Tel al-Sultan and Ibna in the west and Shabora in the center before moving towards a buffer zone on the border with Egypt.

Haitham Al Hams, Deputy Director of Ambulance and Emergency Services in Rafah City, said, “We received calls for help from residents of Tel Al-Sultan. Displaced citizens have been targeted there. The people staying in this safe area have moved out due to the attack.

Palestinian health officials said 19 civilians were killed in Israeli airstrikes and shelling across Gaza. Israel accuses Hamas fighters of hiding among civilians. However, the Islamist group in power in Gaza denies such allegations.

Israel is not ready to end the war, the country’s National Security Adviser Zachi Hanegbi has indicated. He said the war in Gaza will continue until at least 2024. Because, as part of the agreement, Hamas has demanded the exchange of Israeli hostages with Palestinian prisoners.

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