A war zone escape
Twenty Australians have made it out of Gaza, but Foreign Minister Penny Wong says there’s a big effort required to get another 65 out. The deal for foreigners to leave the Palestinian territory via the Rafah crossing into Egypt on Wednesday night was brokered by Qatar and involved the US, Egypt, Israel, and Hamas. And reports this morning say more foreign passport holders were able to leave overnight, with more to come today. Israeli airstrikes are making the journey to the checkpoint risky, and US President Joe Biden is continuing to press for a “pause” in the conflict. But overnight, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli troops are at “the height of battle” in their ground operation in the territory and are advancing on Gaza City. “We will advance and win,” he said. The Hamas-led Health Ministry in Gaza says the death toll has passed 9,000.
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