Today, for the third time in the past week, the authorities have suspended the evacuation of wounded and sick Palestinians and holders of foreign passports from the Gaza Strip. The Rafah border crossing into Egypt was only open briefly due to “problems with the movement” of the wounded and sick from inside the Gaza Strip to the Rafah crossing.
Three Egyptian and one Palestinian source told Reuters.
Limited evacuations for certain groups of people began on November 1 after weeks of diplomatic negotiations involving the United States and Qatar. They have been interrupted in recent days due to bombings that aid workers said hit convoys of medical supplies, or Israeli fears that Hamas militants would misuse the aid convoys to transport their own people or supplies.
According to Reuters, several dozen people with foreign passports and their family members and several injured Palestinians entered Egypt today. On other days, hundreds of people crossed the crossing. Authorities in Gaza today released a new list of people eligible to leave the Gaza Strip, including people with passports from Canada, Romania, Russia, Brazil and Poland.
According to the authorities controlled by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, there are almost 30,000 wounded Palestinians, and over 11,000 of them died as a result of Israeli military measures. The figure cannot be independently verified, although the US authorities also talk about “thousands” of wounded civilians.
Israel is carrying out large-scale military operations in the Gaza Strip with the aim of eliminating the members and infrastructure of the Islamist movement Hamas in the area, which the European Union registers as a terrorist organization. Israel is trying to eliminate the risk of Hamas repeating an attack on October 7, when its fighters invaded Israel, killing nearly 1,200 civilians and taking about 240 more hostages in the Gaza Strip. (ČTK)