Egypt has said it will help to evacuate approximately 7,000 foreigners and dual-national Palestinians from Gaza amid a call by Joe Biden for a “pause” in fighting to extricate hostages.
Egypt was preparing to receive “about 7,000” people representing more than 60 nationalities through the Rafah crossing that borders Gaza, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday, without specifying a timeline.
Officials on both sides of the border expected about 400 people to cross on Thursday, with ambulances lined up in expectation of ferrying dozens of casualties to Egyptian hospitals, AFP reported.
Dozens killed and injured after Israel’s second bombardment at Jabalia refugee camp<br>GAZA CITY, GAZA – NOVEMBER 01: A man, sitting on debris, reacts as Palestinians conduct a search and rescue operation after the second bombardment of the Israeli army in the last 24 hours at Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza City, Gaza on November 01, 2023. Dozens of people were reportedly killed and wounded. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu via Getty Images)
Cratered ground and destroyed lives: piecing together the Jabalia camp airstrike
A total of 361 foreigners and dual nationals left Gaza on Wednesday after Rafah opened for the first time after more than three weeks of brutal conflict. The evacuees included 31 Austrians, four Italians, five French nationals and several Germans, their governments said.