Egypt, Israel and the United States have agreed to allow foreigners in Gaza to pass through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt, according to a senior Egyptian official.
The official said today that Israel has agreed not to attack the areas through which foreigners will pass when leaving the fenced Palestinian territories.
Qatar also participated in the negotiations, and the participants also obtained the approval of the Palestinian movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Another Egyptian source at the Rafah crossing said that he received instructions to reopen the crossing this afternoon for foreigners coming from Gaza.
The senior Egyptian official added that negotiations are underway to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to Gaza through the checkpoint.
The two sources spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to provide information to the media.
Israel ordered a mass withdrawal of Palestinians from the northern Gaza Strip.
Today, Palestinians attempted to leave the northern Gaza Strip, after the Israeli army ordered the displacement of nearly half of the population to the south and carried out ground incursions.
Israel renewed calls on social media and in airdrops for about a million Gazans to move south, while Hamas urged people to stay in their homes.
The United Nations and relief organizations said that such a rapid displacement would cause untold human suffering, as patients in hospitals and others were unable to move.
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) launched a surprise attack on Israel a week ago, using thousands of missiles, and armed militias penetrated by land, sea and air.
In response, Israel bombed several Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip from the air and imposed a comprehensive blockade on the Strip, cutting off water, fuel, and electricity supplies.
The attacks have already caused thousands of deaths and injuries in both regions.
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