No Canadians on Today’s List for Gaza Exit, Over 450 Evacuated So Far

Evacuated Palestinians with Canadian passports from Gaza, are photographed at the Rafah Border Crossing, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that no Canadians were included on the list of foreign nationals cleared to leave the Gaza Strip for Egypt via the Rafah border crossing today. This update follows a weekend where 90 Canadians and their families managed to escape the conflict zone.

No Canadian citizens or permanent residents are on the list of foreign nationals approved to depart the besieged Gaza Strip for Egypt today, as confirmed by Global Affairs Canada in its most recent update. This comes after a weekend where 90 Canadians, along with permanent residents and their family members, were successfully evacuated.

To date, over 450 individuals with ties to Canada have been able to leave the Palestinian territory amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. The war, which began on October 7, has seen escalating violence and humanitarian crises. Reports indicate that Hamas militants initiated the conflict with attacks on Israel, resulting in the death of approximately 1,200 people and the capture of around 240 hostages.

A Jordanian humanitarian aid convoy enters the Gaza Strip from Egypt in Rafah on Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

Israel responded by declaring war, severing key supply lines to the Gaza Strip, and initiating a military campaign against Hamas, a group recognized as a terrorist organization by Canada and several Western nations.

The humanitarian impact of the conflict in Gaza has been severe, with local health officials reporting over 12,700 deaths and around 2,700 people missing within the territory.

Global Affairs Canada continues to monitor the situation closely and is providing consular assistance to Canadians in the region. The Canadian government has also been involved in international discussions to address the escalating conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis in Gaza.