Rafah-The first ambulances with wounded Palestinians left Gaza yesterday to transport dozens of patients to Egypt. after the border was opened for the first time since the war between Israel and Hamas broke out. A little more than 300 foreigners were also evacuated. These were authorized to pass through Rafah after the authorities announced its exceptional opening to allow the exit of almost 90 wounded and some 545 foreigners through the only post that is not controlled by Israel, which is in the south of Gaza.
A diplomatic source explained that this evacuation was possible thanks to an agreement between Egypt, Israel and Hamas mediated by Qatar, in coordination with the United States.
This evacuation occurs amid a intensification of Israel’s offensive. Late Tuesday night, an Israeli bombing raid on the Jabaliya Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza left at least 47 dead. Hamas claimed yesterday that seven hostages, including three foreigners, were killed in this attack.
Israel said its warplanes hit “a vast complex of underground tunnels” and that the strike killed a Hamas commander identified as Ibrahim Biari.
Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Biari was “pivotal in the planning and execution” of the October 7 assault.
This attack on a very densely populated settlement left an immense crater and the surrounding area was covered in dust.
In northern Gaza, Israeli tanks continue their incursions and Israel yesterday announced the death of nine of its soldiers who participated in the “fierce combats” with Hamas militiamen within this Palestinian territory.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue the offensive “until victory,” despite “painful losses” in the fighting in Gaza.
Netanyahu ignores international pressure for a ceasefire and UN humanitarian agencies say time is running out for many of the 2.4 million inhabitants of the Strip, which has been under siege since October 9, without access to water, food, fuel or medicine.
Qatar, a country that is central to negotiations to free Hamas hostages, warned that increased bombing could “undermine mediation and de-escalation efforts.”