500 Foreign Citizens Leave War-Hit Gaza Strip to Egypt

Tue Nov 14 2023
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RAFAH: Around 500 foreign citizens and dual nationals, as well as several injured Palestinians have been evacuated from the Israeli-bombed Gaza to Egypt since the evacuations resumed, western media reported on Monday.

An Egyptian security official told media on condition of anonymity that some 500 foreign nationals from 15 different countries entered Egypt.

Egyptian media also reported the crossing of an additional seven injured Palestinians through the terminal.

Rafah is the only border crossing of Gaza that is not controlled by Israel, and had been closed on Friday and Saturday.

2.4 million residents of Gaza unable to escape the war zone

The 2.4 million Gaza residents are unable to escape the war that began on October 7 between Hamas and Israel.

The border authority of the Hamas government in Gaza on Saturday called all foreign passport holders and people on evacuation lists to report to the terminal at Rafah.

Dozens of injured Palestinians have been evacuated from Gaza to Egyptian hospitals for medical treatment, with hundreds of dual nationality holders and foreigners, including French, Americans and Russians from Rafah since November 1.

According to the latest figures from Palestinian authorities at least 11,240 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli bombing so far. 4,630 children and 3,130 women, were among the dead while another 29,000 people injured.

The persistent Israeli bombardment has also led to the destruction of thousands of buildings, including hospitals, schools, mosques and refugee camps.

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