Egyptian foreign minister warns of 'dangers' of Rafah operations

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry says the continuation of Israeli operations in Gaza, and in Rafah in particular, pose "grave danger" to regional stability. He spoke by phone on Monday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Shoukry warns the closure of Rafah crossing along the border between his country and Gaza will have "dire humanitarian consequences." He and Blinken agreed they do not want to see Palestinians forced out of Gaza. They said they would do all they could to prevent an escalation of the conflict to other parts of the Middle East.

Egyptian officials are also putting pressure on the Israelis to withdraw from Rafah through the International Court of Justice. They added their support to a lawsuit filed by South Africa that accuses Israel of committing acts of genocide.

Egyptian leaders said they decided to join because of the "worsening severity and scope" of attacks, including the targeting of civilians. They called on Israel to comply with its obligations as an "occupying power" and ensure access to humanitarian assistance. They demanded that Israeli troops not commit any violations against Palestinian civilians.