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Egypt not building camps for displaced Palestinians in Sinai: SIS chief

Friday، 16 February 2024 - 10:24 PM

Diaa Rashwan, the head of Egypt’s State Information Service, denied media reports alleging that Egypt is building camps on the Egyptian side of the border in Sinai to accommodate displaced Palestinians from Gaza, stressing that Cairo considers such Israeli displacement a war crime and would never be a part of it.

Rashwan reiterated Egypt’s rejection of any “forced or voluntary” displacement of Palestinians outside their lands, especially to Egypt. Any such displacement would result in the “certain liquidation of the Palestinian issue, and [would be] a direct threat to Egyptian sovereignty and national security,” he added.

This is “a red line and Cairo has the means to deal with it immediately and effectively,” he stressed in TV comments on Friday night.

“Egypt, with its declared and frank position, cannot take any actions on its territory that contradict this stance and give the impression – [that could be] falsely promoted by some - that it is participating in the crime of displacement advocated for by some Israeli parties,” he noted.

The SIS chief asserted that the country views the forced displacement as a grave war crime under international humanitarian law and “Egypt will never be part of it. On the contrary, it will do what it takes to stop it and prevent those who seek to commit it from implementing it,” he added.

Egypt has already had a buffer zone and fences on the border for a long time before the outbreak of the current crisis, Rashwan said.

These measures, he noted, are taken by any country to maintain the security of its borders and sovereignty over its territories.

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