Israel won’t allow Rafah crossing to re-open, Egyptian foreign minister says

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Monday the Israeli government had yet to take a position that would allow the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to re-open.

The Rafah crossing is the only non-Israeli-controlled point out of Gaza. It was expected to re-open on Monday to allow the outflow of foreign national Palestinians and to allow the badly needed humanitarian aid in, but all sides have denied there were any truce conditions in place for that to happen early this morning.

“Until now, unfortunately, the Israeli government has not taken a position that would lead to the possibility of opening the crossing from the Gaza side to allow the entry of aid or the exit of citizens from other countries,” Shoukry said. “We and all the Egyptian agencies are fully prepared to bring in aid and the exit of citizens of different countries, and also to operate the crossing at its normal pace.”

Ice cream trucks used as makeshift morgues as bodies pile up

Health officials are using ice cream trucks to store the bodies of dead Palestinians because there is not enough space at a hospital morgue in the central Gazan town of Deir Al-Balah.

“It’s not as you see,” local journalist Motaz Azaiza said in a video posted on Instagram Sunday as he filmed a freezer truck advertising ice cream. “It’s ice cream trucks for bodies.”

He said the trucks were being used because there was “no space” inside the hospital to store the corpses.

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