Amidst the ongoing crisis in Gaza, the Palestinian Ambassador to Russia, Abdel Hafiz Nofal, has stated that Palestinians in Gaza have no intentions of relocating to camps in Egypt, and will remain on their homeland.
He made this statement while speaking to the Russian news agency TASS, emphasizing the Palestinians' resolve to stay in Gaza despite the challenges posed by the Israeli ground operation.
This declaration comes at a time when the Rafah border crossing, the principal gateway between Egypt and Gaza, has been a focal point for aid delivery efforts amidst the ongoing conflict.
Desperate Palestinians in Gaza have been seeking refuge from the relentless Israeli bombardment following a severe attack by Hamas on October 7, 2023.
Egypt has been actively working to prevent a mass exodus from Gaza into its Sinai Peninsula, especially as Israeli bombardment has led to halted crossings at the main exit points from the Palestinian enclave.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt had a discussion with U.S. President Joe Biden regarding humanitarian aid entry into Gaza from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, underlining Egypt's role in providing assistance rather than a refuge.
The border between Egypt and Gaza was opened to allow a small amount of desperately needed aid into the besieged Palestinian territory, marking a step towards addressing the humanitarian crisis without necessitating the relocation of Palestinians to Egypt.
Ambassador Nofal warned that an Israeli ground operation in Gaza could potentially drag other nations into war, expressing concerns over the severe and dangerous implications such an operation could have on civilians.
His remarks highlight a broader apprehension about the escalation of violence in the region and its potential to draw in other states into the conflict.
Through these statements, Ambassador Nofal has emphasized the enduring resolve of the Palestinians in Gaza to stay on their lands despite the dire humanitarian situation, while also drawing attention to the broader geopolitical implications of the ongoing conflict.