Following Israel’s refusal to let the evacuation of some injured Palestinians to Egyptian hospitals, the Hamas leadership in Gaza halted the evacuation of foreign passport holders to Egypt on Saturday, according to a border official.
Under condition of anonymity, the official stated, “No foreign passport holder will be able to leave the Gaza Strip until wounded people who need to be evacuated from hospitals in north Gaza are transported through the Rafah crossing” to Egypt.
An Egyptian security source confirmed to AFP that “no wounded person or holder of a foreign passport arrived at the Egyptian terminal” of Rafah on Saturday.
He said the evacuation was suspended “after the bombing of ambulances transporting injured people who were on their way to the Egyptian terminal”.
On Friday, the Israeli army announced it had struck an ambulance outside Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza’s largest, saying it was “used by a Hamas terrorist cell”.
At least 15 people were killed and 60 wounded in the strike, according to the health ministry in Gaza.
Israel launched a war against Hamas in Gaza following the October 7 attacks which claimed 1,400 lives — mostly civilians — according to Israel.
The Hamas-run health ministry says air, land and sea attacks on Gaza have killed nearly 9,500 Palestinians.