In Gaza, Hamas froze the evacuation of foreigners due to the failure to reach a settlement with Israel

In Gaza, Hamas froze the evacuation of foreigners due to the failure to reach a settlement with Israel

Muhammad Abed/AFP The Rafah crossing is the only place through which foreigners and Gazans can exit the Gaza Strip.

Muhammad Abed/AFP

The Rafah crossing is the only place through which foreigners and Gazans can exit the Gaza Strip.

Middle East – Banned again. Hamas had suspended the evacuation of the French and other foreigners from the Gaza Strip on Saturday, November 4. The issue at hand is Israel’s refusal to allow wounded Palestinians to go to Egyptian hospitals, an official in the crossing administration told AFP.

“Nearly forty Frenchmen and their families” However, they were evacuated from the Palestinian Strip on Friday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “They are safe in Egypt” This was confirmed Saturday.

The Egyptian Ministry of Health also specified today, Friday, that “ 448 foreigners and dual nationals » Including 96 children » They were evacuated from Gaza. An encouraging dynamic, which did not continue this Saturday.

Priority is given to evacuating the injured

“No foreign passport holder will be able to leave the Gaza Strip until the wounded who need to be evacuated from hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip are transferred to the Rafah crossing.”The official, who requested anonymity, said that Israel is a crossing point between the Palestinian territories and Egypt.

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A source in the Egyptian security services confirmed to Agence France-Presse“No infected person or holder of foreign passports will arrive at the Egyptian terminal.” From Rafah on Saturday. The source added that the crossings have been suspended. After the bombing of ambulances transporting the injured on their way to the Egyptian station ».

Sources within Hamas indicated that Israel refused to allow the departure of many of the wounded to Egypt, whose names were included in the list that was handed over to the Egyptian authorities.

Since Wednesday, several hundred foreigners and dual nationals have been evacuated from Gaza, which has been subjected to relentless Israeli bombing since the October 7 Hamas attack on its territory, which left more than 1,400 people dead, most of them civilians, according to Israeli authorities. .

Dozens of wounded Palestinians were also able to reach Egyptian territory, where they were treated in various institutions in Sinai.

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