The 16 Dutch people who left Gaza across the border with Egypt on Thursday are expected to arrive in the Netherlands on Saturday. As far as we know, there are still fourteen people with Dutch connections in the area.
There are no people with a Dutch passport or Dutch residence permit on the list of people allowed to cross the border on Friday.
The authorities in Gaza publish the list of people who will be allowed to leave the Gaza Strip on this day. There are currently no Dutch names on it. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not yet have any additional information about possible new evacuees.
The Ministry is currently communicating with fourteen other people in Gaza. A company spokesperson said this number could always change. As far as we know, sixteen people with ties to the Netherlands were able to leave Gaza on Thursday. Then there were twenty Dutch names on the list.
Some of those on the list were unable to come to the border with Egypt due to the security situation, among other things. Norwegian Refugee Council He writes that in this case it would be a family of four stuck in northern Gaza. A Foreign Ministry spokesman told NU.nl he could not confirm this.
The administration assures that “everything is being done” to get people out of there. The ministry said, “The order of people accepted at the border crossing is determined by the countries concerned.” This mainly concerns Egypt, Israel and Qatar. The ministry also says it will inform people in Gaza immediately if they are reported to have been allowed to cross the border.
Ed Cronenberg says that contact with these people does not mean that it is always possible to leave the area. He served as ambassador for many years and participated in the evacuation of the Dutch from Libya in 2011. “It is all very difficult.” If people are allowed to cross the border, they will still need transportation to get there.
Friday’s list contains nearly four hundred American names
People with foreign passports or other close ties to foreign countries have been allowed to leave Gaza on a gradual basis since Wednesday. According to the authorities, they must be on a pre-approved list. These lists are published with evacuees invited to report to the Rafah border crossing at 6:00 am (Dutch time).
Friday’s list includes 367 names from the United States, 127 from the United Kingdom, and 51 from Germany. A total of 621 names are listed, also from France, Italy, Indonesia and Mexico. In recent days, the number of people who have actually crossed the border has been lower than the number of names on the list.
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