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Egyptian workers stand in the shovel-blade of a bulldozer (provided by Egypt) arriving at the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Palestinian Gaza Strip enclave on June 4, 2021. – Egypt sent an aid convoy to neighbouring Gaza with diggers, trucks and cranes to “prepare the ground for reconstruction” of the Palestinian enclave following a ceasefire between its Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel that brought an end to 11 days of deadly fighting. Egypt’s heavily secured Rafah crossing is the Gaza Strip’s only passage to the outside world not controlled by Israel. Sisi has pledged $500 million to help reconstruction efforts in densely populated Gaza, home to some two million people. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)