Agreement reached to allow foreigners to leave Gaza

A picture taken on October 10, 2023, shows the closed gates of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)
A picture taken on October 10, 2023, shows the closed gates of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Egypt, Israel and the United States have agreed to allow foreigners residing in Gaza to pass through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt, a senior Egyptian official says.

The official says Israel has agreed to refrain from striking areas the foreigners would pass through on their way out of the besieged Palestinian territory. He adds that Qatar was involved in the negotiations and the participants received approval from the Palestinian terror groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

The agreement  does not deal with hostages being held by Hamas.

A second official at the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing point says they received “instructions” to reopen it on Saturday afternoon for foreigners coming from Gaza.

The first official said negotiations were still underway to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza through the crossing point.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.

Israel has ordered a mass evacuation of Palestinians from the northern Gaza Strip.

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