The International Red Cross has organised the evacuation of 250 foreign nationals who found themselves among the bombs and shells over the last 12 days. For some it was too late. A Moroccan man and two members of his family were killed by Israeli tank shells according to Palestinian medical staff, along with the Ukrainian wife of a Palestinian man and their young son.
One Canadian citizen said: “The situation in Gaza is deteriorating. We are lucky we can actually get out of Gaza with international assistance. But the people who are stuck in Gaza will have a hard time doing it. Hopefully they will survive the war.”
It was a time of mixed emotions for those leaving, and those left behind. One Russian citizen, who is married to a Gaza resident, said that despite the violence, it was a tough decision to go.
“It is dangerous. I am afraid for my children. I am not afraid for myself, I am afraid for them, the poor things. All night long they bomb, and there is no water nor electricity. It is hard. Life is difficult,” she said.
Diplomats in Jerusalem reckon 400 foreign nationals from 22 countries are still in the Gaza Strip. EU officials say they hope the evacuations can continue for several more days.