Israel-Hamas war: France evacuates 42 people from Gaza through Rafah

Israel began bombing Rafah.  France managed to evacuate 42 people from Gaza.
MOHAMMED ABED / AFP Israel began bombing Rafah. France managed to evacuate 42 people from Gaza.

MOHAMMED ABED / AFP

Israel began bombing Rafah. France managed to evacuate 42 people from Gaza.

MIDDLE EAST- A new repatriation operation faced with the threat of . France announced this Monday, February 12 evening that it had. Among them are French nationals, people who reside in France or employees of the , with members of their families.

“At the request of France, 42 people were able to leave the Gaza Strip today through the Rafah crossing point” to Egypt, indicates a press release from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, bringing the number of people evacuated from Gaza to more than 200 “at the request of France”.

The evacuees were taken care of by the French Embassy and the Consulate General of France in Cairo, in coordination with teams from the Crisis and Support Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This emphasizes that the evacuation communicated yesterday is “the result of the actions of the French authorities, carried out at the highest level”.

This announcement comes a few days after the death of a French teacher who had collaborated for twenty years with the French Institute in Gaza, who died of illness due to lack of treatment due to “catastrophic health conditions” on site, diplomatic sources told AFP on Friday.

Stéphane Séjourné’s visit to Israel a few days ago was an opportunity to “ mark the importance that we attach to ensuring that the people included in our evacuation system are authorized to find refuge in France”adds the Quai d’Orsay, which specifies that the government is ” fully mobilized to allow the exit of other people whose situation France is monitoring in Gaza, in order to allow their evacuation to our country.”

France finally recalls that Israel must take “concrete measures to protect” civilians in Gaza, and reiterates its “call for an end to the fighting”.

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