France evacuates its nationals still present. “42 people were able to leave the Gaza Strip today, through the Rafah crossing point” at the request of France, indicated this Monday evening in a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairsreferring to “French nationals, French residents or collaborators of the French Institute, with members of their families”.
In total, more than 200 people have been evacuated “at the request of France” since October 7 and the Hamas attacks in Israel, according to a count from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“This exit is the result of efforts by the French authorities, carried out at the highest level,” further specifies the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The evacuated people “were constantly monitored since October by the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem,” he continues. They were taken care of on the Egyptian side by the French emby.
These evacuations take place in a context where Israel threatens the southern Gaza Strip, and in particular Rafah, of a mive attack. United States are still opposed to a large-scale Israeli military operation in Rafah without action to protect civilians in this Palestinian town on the border with Egypt, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said Monday.