Hundreds of foreign nationals were allowed to leave the Gaza Strip on Sunday after being stuck there for weeks due to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt opened on Sunday morning, allowing the foreigners to leave. The crossing had been closed for over a month during the fighting. The Rafah crossing is the main gateway for Palestinians to travel to and from Gaza, as it is the only crossing that bypasses Israel. It is also the only crossing point where foreign nationals can enter or exit the Gaza Strip. The crossing is operated by the Palestinian Authority in coordination with Egypt. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, around 800 foreign nationals, including diplomats and aid workers, were granted permission to leave Gaza through the Rafah crossing. This comes as international efforts are being made to provide humanitarian aid and evacuate foreign nationals from the conflict zone. The reopening of the Rafah crossing was welcomed by many foreign nationals who were stranded in Gaza. Most of them had been unable to leave due to the closure of the crossing and the lack of international flights caused by the conflict. One British aid worker, who had been stuck in Gaza for several weeks, expressed her relief at being able to leave. She said, "I'm very grateful for the opportunity to finally leave Gaza and return home. It has been a difficult time, but I'm glad that the crossing has opened and we can now safely leave the area." The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been ongoing for many years, with periods of intense violence and ceasefires. The latest round of violence began in May when tensions in Jerusalem escalated into a full-blown conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip. During the conflict, hundreds of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel, resulting in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. The violence caused widespread destruction and casualties, with thousands of Palestinians killed or injured, and many buildings and infrastructure destroyed. In addition to the human toll, the conflict also had a significant impact on foreign nationals in Gaza. Many aid workers and diplomats were unable to leave due to the closure of the Rafah crossing and the suspension of international flights. The reopening of the crossing provides some relief for those who have been stranded in Gaza for weeks. The international community has been calling for a ceasefire and an end to the violence in Gaza. Efforts are also being made to provide humanitarian aid to those affected by the conflict. Several countries, including the United States, have pledged financial support to assist in the reconstruction of Gaza and the provision of humanitarian assistance. In the meantime, the situation in Gaza remains tense, with sporadic violence continuing despite a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. The reopening of the Rafah crossing is seen as a temporary measure to allow foreign nationals to leave, but it is unclear how long the crossing will remain open or if it will be accessible for Palestinians seeking to travel in and out of Gaza. The conflict in Gaza has once again highlighted the need for a long-term solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The international community has been calling for renewed peace negotiations and a two-state solution, where Israel and Palestine coexist peacefully alongside each other. However, reaching a lasting peace agreement has proven to be a complex and challenging task. As the international community continues to work towards a resolution, the immediate focus is on providing humanitarian aid and support to those affected by the conflict. The reopening of the Rafah crossing is a small step towards addressing the immediate needs of foreign nationals in Gaza, but much more needs to be done to ensure the safety and well-being of all those affected by the conflict.
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