GAZA

Foreign passport-holders are allowed to leave

Israel has allowed more than 400 Gazans holding foreign passports to leave the besieged enclave. Watch our on the ground report from F24 special correspondents Lucas Menget and Guillaume Martin.

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Israel has allowed more than 400 Palestinians holding foreign passports to leave the Gaza Strip.

They were notified on Thursday and allowed to leave on Friday through the Erez border point. They crossed Israel in buses which took them through to Jordan.

An Israeli military spokesman said that they were allowed to leave because they were not part of the fighting, and that the evacuation was a gesture of "humanitarian assistance to the civilian population".

Most of those allowed to leave are from Russia and Eastern Europe, although some have US and Turkish nationality.

They were subject to meticulous and thorough Israeli security checks.

Every one of them has left a relative or a loved one behind in Gaza.

More than 400 Gazans have been killed in Israel’s week-long offensive against the Palestinian enclave, according to Palestinian sources.

A quarter of casualties were civilians, according to United Nations estimates.

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