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Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry blamed Israeli authorities for preventing the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Philippe Lazzarini from entering Rafah, Gaza. In a press conference with Shoukry in Cairo on 18 March, Lazzarini explained that he was scheduled to visit Rafah and inspect the humanitarian conditions of the city but was denied entry. Shoukry described Israel’s entry refusal of a high-ranking UN official as “unprecedented”. Lazzarini accused Israel of…