the Philadelphia corridor, a security headache for Egypt and Israel

By Cyrille Louis

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Palestinians crowd a street as smoke rises from Israeli strikes in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 7, 2024.
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DECRYPTION – Control of this unique crossing point between the Palestinian enclave and Egyptian territory was taken by the Israeli army.

The troop transport vehicle, topped with an imposing Star of David flag, drives onto a ribbon of macadam between the fence and some brush. “Along the Philadelphia Corridor… Look how beautiful it is!”, enthuses a man’s voice in Hebrew. The scene, probably filmed Tuesday morning by Israeli soldiers, is highly symbolic. Never since the disengagement decided in 2005 by Ariel Sharon have Israeli forces ostensibly taken a position on this strategic axis on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

According to the IDF spokesperson, “a targeted counter-terrorism operation” was triggered during the night of Monday to Tuesday in the east of the city of Rafah. Claiming to act on the basis of intelligence elements, the army notably “took operational control” of the only crossing point between the enclave and Egyptian territory. For the first time in several weeks, it remained closed on Tuesday throughout…

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