Tensions escalate as Egypt asserts control over Gaza border amid Israeli controversy

The controversy unfolded when the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at the prospect of Israel taking control of the Gaza border during a press conference.

Tensions have risen in the Middle East as Egypt firmly asserted to remain in control of its Gaza border. The spokesperson of the foreign ministry of Egypt said that Cairo would remain in control of its borders after the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu disclosed during a press conference that Israel was considering taking control after the war over the Philadelphi Corridor, which runs for 14 kilometres along the border of Gaza – Egypt.

The controversy unfolded when the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu hinted at the prospect of Israel taking control of the Gaza border during a press conference. When asked about the same, if Israel is aiming to reinstate control over the Philadelphi Corridor, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu answered that this was “one possibility for what I call a southern barrier.” Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We’ll destroy Hamas, we’ll demilitarize Gaza, and military equipment and other deadly weapons will continue to enter this southern opening, so of course we need to close it.”

The Prime Minister of Israel stated, “We have made it clear from day one that any decisions that hinder the entry of aid are essentially Israeli measures and it comes through various methods, including strictness in inspecting trucks, wasting a lot of time in the inspection process, prohibiting and obstructing the entry of medical aid, and obstructing the entry of journalists and officials.”

Meanwhile in an interview with an Egyptian television channel Sada El – Balad, Ahmed Abu Zeid said, “Egypt fully controls its borders and controls it completely, and these issues are subject to legal and security agreements between the countries involved, so any talk on this matter is generally subject to scrutiny and is responded to with declared positions.”

Ahmed Abu Zeid happens to hold Israel accountable for the limited humanitarian aid that has come into Gaza. On the other hand, Israel has argued that at the border, incompetency by Egyptian and UN representatives has led to the congestion in aid.