Hope for a way out of Gaza
Australian citizens in Gaza have been advised to travel to Rafah in the south of the territory, where the crossing into Egypt has opened to allow 335 foreign nationals and 76 injured Gazans to leave. Consular officials emailed Aussies they know are in the Palestinian territory, telling them to “seize this opportunity to depart Gaza” provided that they “deem it safe to do so”. It’s the first time since the 7 October Hamas attacks on Israel that people in Gaza have been allowed out. It’s not clear yet if any Aussies were in the group of people who left, but our Government reckons 88 Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their families have been trapped in Gaza. Meanwhile, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said an airstrike on the Jabalia refugee camp – the biggest in Gaza – couldn’t be avoided. They were targeting Hamas and its “vast underground tunnel complex” underneath the Palestinian territory, an official said. The strike is said to have killed at least 50 people.
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