19 locals evacuated from Gaza now en route to S Africa

South Africa – Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Nineteen South Africans who had been stuck in war-hit Gaza are en route home to South Africa .

This as hostilities continue between Israel and Palestine .

The six males and 13 females, who were in Gaza since 7 October 2023, have now arrived safely in Cairo and are en route to South Africa, said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on Monday .

The South Africans were approved for evacuation into Egypt by the Israeli authorities on Sunday, 11 November 2023 .

“South Africa extends its gratitude to the government of Egypt for granting the evacuated foreign nationals safe passage through the Rafah Crossing into its country .

Meanwhile, the department said the Israeli government has indicated that it intends to extend its attack on the people of Gaza .

“The statements from Israeli leaders appear impervious to the global calls for an immediate end to the killing of Palestinian civilians .

“South Africa calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and the resumption of talks that will end the violence arising from the continued belligerent occupation and lays the basis for a just and lasting solution,” the department added .

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