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146 more Ukrainians want to evacuate from Gaza Strip - ambassador

1 December, 2023 Friday
17:39

Ukraine's Ambassador to Israel Yevhen Korniichuk says that as of December 1, another 146 Ukrainians have expressed a desire to evacuate from the Gaza Strip

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Ambassador Korniichuk said this during the telethon.

The ambassador said that in November, Ukraine received 329 permits from Egypt and Israel to evacuate Ukrainians, and 259 people were evacuated, 172 of whom are already in Ukraine. Other evacuated citizens decided to stay in Egypt or left for Europe on their own.

"Since the cessation of hostilities and the successful completion of the first stage of evacuation, we have received an additional 146 applications from citizens. This is somewhat surprising, because the vast majority of these citizens had permission to leave, but did not use it for various reasons," said Korniichuk.

According to the ambassador, 92 Ukrainians have reiterated their desire to evacuate, while 54 expressed their desire for the first time. More than 110 of them are women and children.

The embassy is currently working to obtain a new permit for the evacuation of these people to Egypt as soon as possible, and the documents are currently being approved.

According to Korniichuk, the Ukrainian embassies in Israel, Egypt, and Moldova are involved in the evacuation of citizens. The latter is helping to transport Ukrainians to Ukraine.

Events in Israel: latest updates

On the morning of Saturday, October 7, 2023, the Palestinian armed groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a massive air and land attack on the state of Israel in several places. The head of the Hamas military wing, Mohammed Deif, said that his militants had launched the Al-Aqsa Flood operation. According to him, these actions are intended to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians launched 2,000 to 3,000 missiles at Israel and simultaneously seized 7 communities in the south.

In response, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced the mobilization of reservists and the launch of the Iron Swords counterterrorism operation. For the first time in 50 years, the government introduced martial law in the country

The IDF actively used aviation to strike Palestinian command posts. It has also begun clearing Hamas-occupied communities.

In addition, there is a great threat that the Shiite Hezbollah could attack Israel from the north, as its main partner and supplier, the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), has called on jihadists to "liberate Jerusalem."

On the morning of October 8, the Saudi television channel Al Arabiya published the losses of both Palestinians and Israelis during the first day of the renewed military conflict. According to the channel, Israel lost 300 people killed and at least 1,600 wounded. The number of casualties from the Palestinian-populated Gaza Strip is 232 killed and 1,627 wounded. 

On October 8, Israeli troops claimed that Lebanon had attacked their territory, so the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked in response. In particular, Israeli aviation struck a complex belonging to the head of Hamas' intelligence.

Militants of the Lebanese military-political organization Hezbollah fired at Israeli positions on the border with the disputed Golan Heights and supported Hamas in its operation against Israel.

Due to the situation in the Middle East, the UN Security Council convened an emergency meeting. However, no action or decisions were taken after it. At the same time, the UK government stated that it would support Israel in its fight against terrorists and was ready to provide it with all necessary assistance.

On the afternoon of October 9, the Israeli army regained control of all areas on the border with the Gaza Strip. At this, it is possible that there are still Hamas militants on Israeli territory.

At night and during the day on the same day, the Israeli armed forces attacked the Gaza Strip. The main targets were command posts, homes of commanders, militants and ordinary soldiers of the Hamas terrorist organization. The Israeli Ministry of Defense ordered the military to put the Gaza Strip under blockade.

A number of countries have condemned the terrorist attack by Hamas militants and expressed support for Israel in its defense against aggression. Among them are the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Hungary, Norway, Cyprus, India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Argentina, Australia, and the European Union.

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