One of many first Britons to flee Gaza has advised Sky Information of the “chaos” he confronted whereas making an attempt to flee – and his “heavy coronary heart” for these left behind.
Nearly 100 Britons are listed among foreigners and Palestinians who shall be allowed to go away Gaza and cross into Egypt by the Rafah border in the present day.
Liverpool surgeon Dr Abdel Hammad is among the many first to make it over the crossing, telling Sky Information it was a “large reduction” to make it out, however he’s afraid for the individuals who stay.
“It was very chaotic,” he mentioned. “It took about a complete day to get to Rafah and we arrived in Cairo at 4am within the morning.”
He mentioned he came upon his identify was on the record of individuals permitted to go away Gaza by the Overseas Workplace and tried to go away on Wednesday afternoon.
However the crossing closed earlier than he may make it by, solely managing to flee Gaza on Thursday.
“It has been 4 weeks of a horrible scenario. I’m more than happy to be out,” he mentioned.
“I’ve a heavy coronary heart for my colleagues in Gaza and my sufferers on this scenario.”
He described the destruction within the besieged Palestinian enclave as “heartbreaking” and warned provides of medicine are operating low.
“I am afraid a lot of them [patients] will die,” he mentioned. “Sadly, this isn’t a pure catastrophe, this can be a man-made catastrophe and one thing must be achieved to cease all of the destruction.”
The Overseas Workplace mentioned extra UK nationals made it to Egypt on Thursday – although it isn’t clear what number of – after two UK support employees managed to flee Gaza on Wednesday.
The Palestinian Border Authority printed a listing that features 92 British nationals amongst 127 names.
In response to that record, the in-laws of Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf – Elizabeth and Maged El-Nakla, from Dundee – have been granted permission to go away Gaza, having been trapped for the reason that battle started.
The Palestinian Border Authority mentioned these named on the record have to be “current at 7am within the outside halls of the crossing to facilitate their journey”.
Egypt has mentioned it is not going to settle for an inflow of Palestinian refugees in case Israel stops them returning after the battle, however in current days Palestinians with overseas passports have been allowed in.
Some 342 Palestinians with overseas papers and 42 others crossed on Thursday, in response to the Palestinian Border Authority.
The crossings come as Israel continues assaults in its acknowledged goal to destroy Hamas after final month’s shock assault on 7 October.
Troops utterly encircled Gaza Metropolis on Thursday, in response to Israel’s navy, because it steps up floor operations after weeks of aerial assaults.