Dozens of Severely Wounded, and Twin Nationals, Allowed to Flee Gaza as Conflict Rages On

Dozens of Severely Wounded, and Twin Nationals, Allowed to Flee Gaza as Conflict Rages On

Palestinians and international support staff wait to cross into Egypt at Rafah, Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (AP Picture/Fatima Shbair)

By Najib Jobain and Samy Magdy

A whole bunch of twin passport holders and dozens of severely injured Palestinians have been allowed to depart Gaza on Wednesday after greater than three weeks below siege, whereas Israeli airstrikes destroyed flats in a densely populated space for the second straight day.
The group have been the primary folks to depart Gaza — aside from 4 hostages launched by Hamas and one other rescued by Israeli forces — whilst bombings have pushed a whole bunch of hundreds from their houses, and meals, water and gasoline run low. It remained unclear whether or not extra folks could be allowed to depart Gaza in coming days.
Al-Jazeera tv, one of many few media retailers nonetheless reporting from northern Gaza, aired footage of leveled flats within the densely populated Jabaliya refugee camp close to Gaza Metropolis, and of a number of wounded folks, together with youngsters, being delivered to a close-by hospital. The Hamas-run authorities stated airstrikes killed and wounded many individuals, however the precise toll was not but recognized.

The Al-Jazeera footage confirmed almost an identical scenes because the day earlier than; dozens of males dug by the grey rubble of demolished multistory buildings searching for survivors.

The toll from Tuesday’s strikes was additionally unknown, although the director of a close-by hospital stated a whole bunch have been killed or wounded. Israel stated these strikes killed dozens of militants, together with a senior Hamas commander who was concerned within the militants’ bloody Oct. 7 rampage that ignited the battle, and destroyed militant tunnels beneath the buildings.

In an indication of accelerating alarm over the battle amongst Arab nations, Jordan on Wednesday recalled its ambassador from Israel and advised Israel’s ambassador to stay overseas. Jordan, a key U.S. ally, signed a peace take care of Israel in 1994, the second Arab nation after Egypt to take action.

Jordan’s Deputy Prime Minister, Ayman al-Safadi, stated the return of the ambassadors is linked to Israel “stopping its battle on Gaza … and the humanitarian disaster it’s inflicting.” He warned of the potential of the battle to unfold, threatening “the safety of your complete area.”


Israeli floor forces pushed to the outskirts of Gaza Metropolis, days after launching a brand new part of the battle that Israel’s leaders say might be lengthy and tough. Web and cellphone service was lower for a number of hours Wednesday, a replay of the momentary communications blackout when Israeli floor troops first superior in giant numbers into Gaza over the weekend.

Over half of Gaza’s 2.3 million folks have fled their houses, and provides of meals, medication, water and gasoline are working low. A territory-wide blackout has left hospitals reliant on mills that might quickly be compelled to close down.

The strikes in Jabaliya underline the anticipated surge in casualties on either side as Israeli troops advance towards the outskirts of Gaza Metropolis and its dense residential neighborhoods. Israeli officers say Hamas’ army infrastructure, together with a whole bunch of kilometers (miles) of underground tunnels, is concentrated within the metropolis, which was dwelling to some 650,000 folks earlier than the battle.


Six buses carrying 335 international passport holders left Gaza by the Rafah crossing into Egypt as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, in response to Wael Abu Omar, a spokesman for the Palestinian Crossings Authority.

Dozens of individuals may very well be seen getting into the Rafah crossing — the one one presently working — and ambulances carrying wounded Palestinians exited on the Egyptian aspect.

Egypt had earlier stated that greater than 80 Palestinians — out of many hundreds wounded within the battle — would even be introduced in for remedy. However Dr. Mohamed Zaqout, a Well being Ministry official in Gaza, advised The Related Press that 10 of the sufferers died earlier than they may very well be evacuated to Egypt. The factors for medical evacuation weren’t instantly clear.


Those that stay behind are contending with a number of crises, made worse Wednesday by the communications blackout. The Palestinian telecoms firm Paltel stated web and cell phone providers have been step by step being restored in Gaza following a “full disruption” that lasted a number of hours.

The Worldwide Committee of the Pink Cross stated such blackouts make it more durable for civilians to hunt security. “Even the possibly life-saving act of calling an ambulance turns into unattainable,” stated Jessica Moussan, an ICRC spokesperson.

The Palestinian Well being Ministry, in the meantime, stated that the Turkish-Palestinian Hospital, Gaza’s solely facility providing specialised remedy for most cancers sufferers, was compelled to close down due to lack of gasoline, leaving 70 most cancers sufferers in a essential scenario.


Greater than 8,700 Palestinians have been killed within the battle, principally ladies and minors, and greater than 22,000 folks have been wounded, the Palestinian Well being Ministry stated Wednesday, with out offering a breakdown between civilians and fighters. The determine is with out precedent in a long time of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

Over 1,400 folks have died on the Israeli aspect, primarily civilians killed throughout Hamas’ preliminary assault, additionally an unprecedented determine. Palestinian militants additionally kidnapped round 240 folks throughout their incursion and have continued firing rockets into Israel.

Fifteen Israeli troopers have been killed in Gaza for the reason that begin of the bottom operation.

Israel has been obscure about its operations in Gaza, however residents and spokesmen for militant teams say troops look like attempting to take management of the 2 foremost north-south roads.

An estimated 800,000 Palestinians have fled south from Gaza Metropolis and different northern areas following Israeli orders to evacuate, however a whole bunch of hundreds stay within the north.

Israel has allowed worldwide support teams to ship greater than 200 vehicles carrying meals and medication to enter from Egypt over the previous 10 days, however support staff say it is not almost sufficient.


Israel has vowed to crush Hamas’ potential to manipulate Gaza or threaten it, whereas additionally saying it doesn’t plan to reoccupy the territory, from which it withdrew troopers and settlers in 2005. However it has stated little about who would govern Gaza afterwards.

In congressional testimony on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken steered that “sooner or later, what would take advantage of sense is for an efficient and revitalized Palestinian Authority to have governance and in the end safety accountability for Gaza.”

Hamas drove the authority’s forces out of Gaza in per week of heavy combating in 2007, leaving it with restricted management over components of the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution. Palestinian help for the President Mahmoud Abbas has plunged since then, with many Palestinians dismissing the PA as little greater than Israel’s police drive as a result of it helps suppress Hamas and different militant teams.

In different developments:

— Within the West Financial institution, Israeli forces raided the Jenin refugee camp Wednesday morning, killing three Palestinians, native well being officers stated. The Israeli army stated it carried out a drone strike within the camp, hitting a number of militants. Because the battle started, 130 Palestinians have been killed within the West Financial institution, both by Israeli forces or by Jewish settlers.

— In northern Israel, mortars and anti-tank rockets have been fired from Lebanon towards a number of Israeli communities, inflicting no accidents and prompting Israeli strikes on the launch websites, the army stated. Hezbollah and Palestinian militants in Lebanon have exchanged fireplace with Israeli forces every day over the border.

This story has been up to date to make clear that, along with 4 hostages launched by Hamas, a fifth was rescued by Israeli forces.

Magdy reported from Cairo. Related Press writers Wafaa Shurafa in Deir al-Balah, Gaza Strip, and Amy Teibel in Jerusalem, contributed to this report.

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