Egypt denies reports of suspending Camp David Accords

Egypt’s Foreign Minister squashed speculation regarding the country’s peace treaty with Israel being at risk if Israel invaded Rafah, a city on Gaza’s border with Egypt. Recent comments from Israeli officials express their intentions of sending ground troops into Rafah as a part of the war against Hamas. A mass influx of Palestinians into Egypt was said to pose a threat to the treaty and could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe and tensions with Egypt. However, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry denied the report and stated that Egypt would uphold the accord with Israel. Meanwhile, Israel’s impending invasion of Rafah comes after battles between its military and Hamas in the population centers of Gaza and Khan Younis, raising international alarms due to the high concentration of civilians in Rafah. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned planning a Rafah incursion, but stressed the need for evacuating civilians from the combat areas. Israel conducted a military operation in Rafah to rescue two hostages, while Egypt reportedly expressed that it would not oppose an Israeli invasion of Rafah if there were no civilian casualties. The region is facing a dire humanitarian situation, with thousands killed and the territory on the verge of famine. The Camp David Accords, which led to the peace deal, survived many challenges and are backed by Egypt and Israel despite difficult times.