An informed source told Reuters on Wednesday that Qatar mediated an agreement between Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement, in coordination with the United States, to allow the exit of holders of foreign passports and some seriously injured people from the besieged Gaza Strip.
The source added that the timetable for how long the crossing will remain open hasn’t yet been determined.
The source indicated that the agreement isn’t linked to other matters under negotiation, such as detainees held by Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, or temporary pauses to ease the humanitarian crisis in the Strip, which suffers from a shortage of food, water, fuel and medicine.
Dozens of foreigners and Palestinians with dual nationalities left the Gaza Strip for Egypt on Wednesday, with the Rafah crossing opened to people for the first time since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.
These foreigners and Palestinians were allowed to enter the crossing at approximately 7:45 GMT after the Egyptian authorities announced that it was opened exceptionally to allow the transfer of about ninety wounded Palestinians and the exit of about 450 foreigners and dual nationals.
Israel began carrying out ground incursions and maneuvers after it destroyed the Gaza Strip with air strikes and intense bombardment over a period of weeks in response to a surprise attack carried out by Hamas on October 7.
Medical sources said that Egypt prepared a field hospital in Sheikh Zuweid in Sinai, with 10 ambulances were sent to Rafah, Tuesday.
Israel besieged Gaza after the Hamas attack, and the United Nations and relief officials said that civilians in the Strip were living in a state of poor health.
It’s catastrophic, with hospitals struggling to treat the injured due to the depletion of electricity supplies.