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Egypt Warns Israel

Egyptian officials threatened yesterday to suspend its peace treaty with Israel should the country's forces advance into the border city of Rafah. The warning comes as Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated plans to move into the city, saying evacuation routes were being established for civilians. 

An estimated 1.5 million people—roughly 65% of Gaza's population—has sheltered near Rafah (see overview), having been displaced by Israel's north-to-south operation. It is also home to the main border checkpoint for delivering aid into the territory, which officials say is at risk of acute famine.

The Egypt-Israel treaty stretches back to the 1978 Camp David Accords (see history), which established the first formal peaceful relationship between Israel and an Arab neighbor. 

Separately, Israel revealed a network of tunnels discovered in Gaza City underneath the headquarters for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine. The agency had come under recent criticism after allegations a dozen of its employees participated in Hamas' Oct. 7 attack in Israel. 

Late yesterday, Israel announced they had rescued two hostages from captivity in an overnight operation. See updates on the war here.

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