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Rafah reopens, will European observers return?

(BRUSSELS2) After the (surprise) reconciliation agreement between the two Palestinian political branches, Fatah and Hamas, a new thunderclap is brewing. The Egyptians have decided to reopen the Rafah crossing point between Gaza and Egypt. A decision supported by the European Union which has constantly called for the reopening of the borders to or from the Gaza Strip (the last time notably at the council in December 2010). “The EU is ready to reactivate its EUBAM Rafah mission if both political and security conditions allow it,” said a European official on site. This " in order to ensure the role of third party, attributed to the Europeans in the 2005 Agreement on access and travel. Political consultations are underway with the Palestinian Authority, Egypt and Israel ". Or so to speak, they continue. According to the information obtained, it is essentially Israel's agreement that is missing.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).