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Egypt to help remove ‘about 7,000 foreigners’ through Rafah border crossing

Egypt to help remove “around 7,000” foreigners and dual nationals from Gaza Strip, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today.

In a meeting with foreign diplomats, Deputy Foreign Minister Ismail Khairat said that Egypt is preparing to facilitate the reception and removal of foreign citizens from Gaza through the Rafah crossing and added that they are about 7,000, over 60” nationalities.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has summoned representatives of foreign embassies to a meeting in Cairo to provide information on the documents needed to allow citizens of their countries to enter Egypt from the Palestinian enclave.

At the moment it has not been clarified whether the 7,000 mentioned by the deputy minister are only foreigners or also Palestinian holders of a second passport. also it was not clarified if there are other foreigners in Gazawho do not want to leave the Palestinian enclave.

The ministry also did not elaborate on the timetable of Egypt’s plan to remove people from the Gaza Strip.

Since October 7, the densely populated Palestinian enclave has been pounded relentlessly by Israel in retaliation for the unprecedented and bloody attack by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on Israeli soil.

The humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is described as catastrophic by the UN and non-governmental organizations based there.

Yesterday, Wednesday, 76 wounded Palestinians were evacuated in ambulances and 335 foreigners and dual nationals were evacuated by buses through the Rafah border crossing, for the first time since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out.

Among the foreigners are 31 Austrians, 4 Italians, 5 French as well as German nationals, the number of which was not specified.

US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said American citizens had also left Gaza, without specifying a number.

At the same time, the Palestinian Red Crescent announced yesterday, Wednesday evening, that it had received humanitarian aid carried by another 55 trucks, bringing the total to 272, which however remains far short of what is needed, according to aid workers .

More than 8,700 people, including 3,648 children, have been killed in Gaza since October 7, according to the health ministry of Hamas, which is in power in the Palestinian enclave.

In Israel, more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the Hamas attack, according to Israeli authorities.

Source: News Beast

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