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Palestine rejects deployment of foreign troops in Gaza

Ramallah, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) Palestinian authorities condemned any foreign presence in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank amid press reports about Israel's plans to hand over the coastal enclave to foreign troops.

“There is no legitimacy for any foreign presence on Palestinian territories,” Presidential Spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina warned in a statement. “Our people are the only ones authorized to decide who rules them and manages their affairs,” he said.

“Israel fools itself if it believes that its actions are capable of deciding our destiny and perpetuating the occupation by deploying foreign forces in the Gaza Strip,” Rudeina stressed.

The official recalled that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is the only legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and denounced the illegality of the Jewish colonies in the West Bank and the policy of forced displacement promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s executive.

Recently, the secretary of the PLO executive committee, Hussein Al-Sheikh, criticized on X the deployment of soldiers from various countries to the Gaza Strip, especially around the Rafah crossing, which connects Gaza and Egypt.

The National and Islamic Forces monitoring committee, which brings together Palestinian factions, also announced its opposition to Netanyahu’s plans in a statement, warning against attempts to hand over control and management of the border crossing to a US-based security company.

“Regardless of the veracity of these reports, we will not accept any form of guardianship imposed on the crossing or any other part of the Gaza Strip,” the committee stated.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine spoke in similar terms. “Any foreign group that assumes management of that facility will be considered an occupying force and therefore a legitimate target,” it warned.