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Egyptian president ‘rejects’ effort to push Palestinians to Egypt, warns it could jeopardize peace with Israel

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday said millions in his country are ready to protest in the streets if Palestinians are forced into Egypt, warning that such a move could turn it into a launchpad for “terrorist attacks” against Israel, jeopardizing peace between the two countries.

The remarks came at a joint press conference in Cairo with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, during which El-Sisi said that his government views Israel’s siege on Gaza as a scheme to expel the Palestinians to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

“Egypt rejects any attempt to resolve the Palestinian issue by military means or through the forced displacement of Palestinians from their land, which would come at the expense of the countries of the region,” El-Sisi said, according to a Reuters translation.

The Egyptian leader added that the Sinai could then become a base of operations for militants to launch “terrorist attacks” against Israel, which would in turn blame Egypt for such attacks.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, and at least 199 others, including children, were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza, according to Israeli authorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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