Egypt assisted in evacuating over 27,000 foreigners from Gaza: Official

Ahram Online , Sunday 4 Feb 2024

Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Ismail Khairat said Egypt has helped evacuate more than 27,000 foreigners and their families from the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing since the start of the Israeli war on 7 October.

People pass through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt from southern Gaza. Photo: AFP


Khairat said the evacuation was processed in coordination with more than 80 embassies and international bodies operating in Egypt, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Khairat's remarks came during a meeting in Cairo on Sunday with a French delegation headed by Philippe Lalliot, the director of the Crisis and Support Centre at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Egypt, he added, has also allowed around 130,000 tons of relief aid, including fuel, foodstuffs, medical supplies, refugee tents and whatnot, into the war-torn strip.

The Egyptian diplomat discussed with the French delegation means to maximize cooperation in the areas of relief to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the strip resulting from the Israeli military operations that have been ongoing for nearly four months, according to the statement.

He praised the Egyptian-French cooperation in providing humanitarian support to the residents of Gaza and dispatching the French helicopter carrier Dixmude to the Egyptian port of Al-Arish, which provided ambulance services to the wounded and sick Palestinians.

Dixmude, a Mistral-class floating hospital, arrived at Al-Arish port on 28 November and received dozens of Palestinians for treatment. The medical team at the hospital conducted 230 surgical operations.

The floating hospital has a capacity of 40 beds, 25 inpatient beds, 15 intermediate care beds, five pediatric beds, and two operating rooms, along with 20 French doctors and two helicopters.

The majority of Gaza hospitals have been out of service due to the war.

Since the onset of the Israeli war on Gaza, Egypt has received dozens of injured Palestinians and patients from Gaza for treatment.

Egypt has been pushing for a ceasefire in the war-torn strip and sustained access to humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of Gazans.

Israel has killed over 27,000 Palestinians, most of whom are children and women, and wounded thousands of others since the beginning of the war on 7 October.

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