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Americans among those allowed to leave Gaza through Rafah crossing

Those who remain behind are contending with multiple crises, made worse Wednesday by a communications blackout.
Americans among those allowed to leave Gaza through Rafah crossing
Posted at 10:13 AM, Nov 01, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-01 16:54:03-04

Hundreds of foreign nationals and dozens of seriously injured Palestinians have been allowed to leave Gaza for the first time since the Israel-Hamas war began more than three weeks ago. 

Americans are among those who departed Gaza through the Rafah crossing into Egypt on Wednesday. 

The Palestine Children's Relief Fund confirmed to Scripps News that two of their aid workers were able to leave Gaza. 

The opening of the border crossing came as Israeli forces advanced deeper into Gaza and airstrikes on Wednesday struck a refugee camp for a second time in as many days.

Communications and internet services were gradually being restored after the second major cut in five days, according to Paltel, the main telecommunications provider. Humanitarian aid agencies have warned that such blackouts severely disrupt their work in an already dire situation in Gaza.

The Palestinian death toll in the Israel-Hamas war has reached 8,805, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. In the occupied West Bank, 130 Palestinians have been killed in violence and Israeli raids.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, most of them civilians slain in the initial Oct. 7 Hamas rampage that started the fighting. In addition, around 240 hostages were taken from Israel into Gaza by the militant group. One of the captives, a female Israeli soldier, was rescued in a special forces operation.

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