Egypt is facing mounting pressure to act as neighboring Gaza gets pummeled by Israeli strikes after October 7’s brutal assault in Israel by Hamas.
In the wake of the Hamas attacks, Israel closed its two border crossings with Gaza and imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, blocking supplies of fuel, electricity and water.
That has left the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt as the only viable outlet to get people out of the enclave and supplies into it.
Is there a reason that the only viable evacuation route is through Egypt, and people can't flee by sea? I am guessing that like the other land borders, Israel is not permitting people to flee by sea, but why wouldn't Israel open the sea borders and let the Palestinians flee by sea to some other country than Egypt? If it did close the sea border, did Israel give an official reason as to why it also closed the sea borders?