First foreigners leave Gaza through Rafah border crossing into Egypt

November 01, 2023

A list of foreign passport holders who can leave Gaza via the Rafah crossing has been released by Gaza's Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry. Hundreds of people began lining up to enter the customs area at the Rafah border crossing into Egypt on Nov. 1, as foreigners began leaving war-torn Gaza for the first time since the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel. Convoys of desperately needed aid have previously passed between Egypt and Gaza but no people had been allowed through the Rafah crossing up until now. The first ambulances carrying wounded Palestinians from war-torn Gaza entered Egypt via the Rafah crossing on Wednesday, an Egyptian official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Ambulances began moving from the Gaza Strip to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing on Nov. 1, 2023.