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Greeks trapped in Gaza granted safe passage into Egypt

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According to diplomatic sources, 12 Greek citizens were allowed to enter Egypt from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, joining hundreds of other international citizens and dozens of injured Palestinians who have been allowed to leave the war-torn territory.

Ekathimerini has reported that the civilians used the Rafah crossing along with hundreds of other foreign nationals.

Greeks were evacuated in large numbers in the early days of the conflict. An Egyptian government official informed CNN that approximately 360 foreign passport holders had also departed Gaza via the Rafah border crossing.

Lining up on Wednesday to check a list of names of people who were going to be allowed to cross the border into Egypt from Rafah, Gaza, on Thursday.Credit...Samar Abu Elouf for The New York Times
Lining up on Wednesday to check a list of names of people who were going to be allowed to cross the border into Egypt from Rafah, Gaza, on Thursday. Photo: Samar Abu Elouf for The New York Times.

US President Joe Biden declared that the opening of the Rafah border crossing was the result of “intensive and urgent diplomacy” with regional partners, and that as many as 1,000 more foreign nationals may soon be able to leave.

CNN also reported that 491 foreign nationals were registered to arrive in Egypt today, but 130 either didn’t make it to the border crossing or refused to cross without their families as their names were not registered on the list.

Source: Ekathimerini and CNN

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