On Wednesday, as on the previous Tuesday, no Canadians were allowed to leave the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border crossing into Egypt.
Hundreds of people connected to Canada are therefore still waiting for help to leave the country.
A total of 356 Canadians, permanent residents and their family members have been able to leave the besieged Palestinian territory so far. The last group of 10 people to flee the besieged Palestinian territory managed to cross on Monday.
Global Affairs Canada said in a media statement Tuesday afternoon that the Canadian government was in contact with 390 people still in the Gaza Strip.
People crossing the border are allowed to stay in Egypt for a maximum of three days, and Canadian authorities are waiting on the Egyptian side of the border to help them with travel, accommodation, food and the purchase of goods. First necessity.
Global Affairs said the Canadian government is helping travelers continue their journey, at the traveler’s expense, and connecting them with organizations that may be able to provide financial assistance.
“Canada does not specify when or how many people can cross the border each day. Because the situation is quite fluid and unpredictable, Canadians should prepare for significant delays and unexpected closures at the Rafah border,” the ministry said.
“Canada continues to engage all relevant parties to ensure that Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their eligible family members currently in the Gaza Strip can exit quickly and safely. We continue to communicate directly with Canadians and ask that they have their travel documents ready and be prepared for short-term travel.
Israel declared war on Hamas after its militants killed 1,200 people, including hundreds of civilians, and took around 240 people hostage on October 7. Health officials in Hamas-controlled areas say more than 11,200 people have been killed in weeks of reprisal attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.
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