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Hundreds of foreign nationals leave Gaza amid escalating conflict

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As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to rage on, hundreds of foreign nationals and some wounded Gazans have been able to leave the Palestinian enclave through the Rafah crossing into Egypt on Wednesday.

The Rafah crossing, which is the only exit point from Gaza that does not require Israeli permission, has been mostly closed since 2007 when Hamas took over the strip from the rival Fatah faction. Egypt occasionally opens it for humanitarian reasons but has tightened its security measures in recent years due to its own insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula.

According to Egyptian officials, the crossing was opened for one day to allow the evacuation of foreign passport holders and some of the most seriously injured people from Gaza, who have been suffering from a severe shortage of medical supplies and facilities amid the Israeli bombardment.

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