Gazan authorities say about 600 people, including 400 Americans, will leave the Strip today
The Government of Egypt has stated this Thursday that it will help to evacuate from the Gaza Strip "about 7,000" citizens with foreign passports, who will cross the Rafah crossing, on the border with the enclave, in the face of the intensification of the military offensive launched by Israel after the attacks carried out on October 7 by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
"We are prepared to receive and evacuate from Gaza some 7,000 foreign citizens of 60 nationalities," the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said, without further details, as reported by the Egyptian television channel Al Qahera. Rafá has opened again this Thursday for these departures.
For its part, the General Authority for Crossings and Borders in the Gaza Strip, dependent on the Gaza Ministry of the Interior, has indicated on its account on the social network Facebook that some 600 people, including 400 with US passports, are expected to leave. of the enclave during the day.
"They must be present at 7:00 a.m. (local time) in the outer corridor of the crossing," he noted along with the list of people who will be able to leave Gaza this Thursday. The list includes, in addition to 400 Americans, 50 Belgians, 24 Greeks, 23 Croatians, 20 Hungarians, 20 Dutch, 17 Sri Lankans, eleven Swiss, eight Azeris, six Bahrainis, five South Koreans, four Italians, four Macedonians, two Mexicans and two Chadians.
The Rafá crossing opened on Wednesday for the first time since October 7 to allow the evacuation of the wounded and the departure of foreign citizens. Previously, it had been opened on several occasions, but only to allow humanitarian aid to enter Gaza.
Among those evacuated on Wednesday was a Spaniard, as confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) later indicated that all of its international staff - a total of 22 people - had crossed the border. Among them would be the anesthetist Raúl Incertis, who was displaced in southern Gaza and in recent days had shared his testimony from the enclave through the organization's website.
The attacks carried out by Hamas on October 7 left nearly 1,400 dead and more than 240 kidnapped, while the authorities of the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Islamist group, have reported the death of nearly 8,800 people in bombings. Israel, a figure to which is added more than 120 deaths in operations by security forces and attacks by settlers in the West Bank.