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Passport holders and injured flee Gaza as Rafah crossing opens

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 2 Nov 2023, 8:50AM
Palestinians and foreign aid workers wait to cross into Egypt at Rafah, Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. Photo / AP
Palestinians and foreign aid workers wait to cross into Egypt at Rafah, Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. Photo / AP

Passport holders and injured flee Gaza as Rafah crossing opens

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 2 Nov 2023, 8:50AM

The Rafah crossing from Gaza to Egypt has opened for the first time since Israel's siege began more than three weeks ago. 

Palestinian officials say 335 foreign passport holders and 76 injured Gazans have been able to leave so far. 

It's thought 88 injured Palestinians and around 500 foreign nationals will be allowed out in the first phase. 

US Correspondent, Mitch McCann, told Kate Hawkesby that the exits are due to a deal brokered by Qatar between Israel, Hamas, and Egypt, coordinating with the US. 

He said that US passport holders are not expected to be among the first nationals to be released. 

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