The Egyptian army has bolstered its presence at the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip amidst the escalating Israeli-Hamas conflict, shutting it down and stranding over 200 Palestinians in North Sinai, while also deploying additional forces and constructing high cement barriers. Although the official reason for this intensified military presence remains undeclared, a security expert suggests it aims to prevent potential Palestinian infiltration into Egypt, especially amidst resurfacing conspiracy theories regarding Egypt ceding part of Sinai for a Palestinian settlement. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, expressing concern over the Gaza escalation, refuted these theories and emphasized Egypt’s commitment to maintaining control over Sinai, despite ongoing concerns about potential militant activities and the emergence of new terror threats in the region.
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