80 Swedes allowed to leave Gaza

Image of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Image of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt. Credit: Wikipedia/By Gigi Ibrahim - Flickr-CC BY 2.0

A first group of Swedish nationals trapped inside the territory has been given permission to leave Gaza on Monday, November 13.

According to an email received by SVT Nyheter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, around 80 people have reportedly been in communication with the Ministry via telephone, SMS messaging and email.

Meanwhile, all Swedes who are still in Gaza have been urged by the Ministry, due to the potential danger involved, not to attempt to reach the southern border crossing into Egypt at Rafah until they have been notified.

‘We expect that more Swedes will soon be able to leave Gaza. However, egress must ultimately also be approved by local authorities. We therefore cannot confirm the number of Swedes who have left Gaza until the persons have been let through at the border crossing’, wrote the Foreign Ministry.

Hopes that Swedish citizens would be allowed to leave on Saturday were dashed when the lists of countries that are sent out every night indicating those allowed to leave via the Rafah crossing the next day failed to contain Sweden, according to Radio Ekot.

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