Published 12/05/2023 16:04 | Edited 12/05/2023 16:37
Brazilian diplomacy has a list of the next Brazilians it intends to take out of Gaza through the Rafah crossing, on the border with Egypt. Diplomats are preparing to go to the location as soon as negotiations progress.
Brazil presented a list to the negotiators with 74 names, according to the Brazilian ambassador to Palestine, Alessandro Candeas. The decision on who leaves Palestinian territory is made by authorities from Israel, negotiators from Qatar and the United States and also from Hamas.
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However, the list involving people with Brazilian nationality and their Palestinian relatives has grown and now reaches 102 people, after the intensification of attacks in the Gaza Strip.
Attacks and rescue
Difficulties in negotiations increased after the end of the ceasefire to release prisoners and the arrival of humanitarian aid in Gaza. With the end of the truce, Israel also began directing attacks in the south of Gaza, in the city of Khan Yunis.
Some of the Brazilians were in the city and had to leave after the Israeli bombings. Now the group of 74 people headed to Rafah, where the Brazilian Embassy rented houses to house them. Information shows that around 80% of the 102 people are in the city. The rest are dispersed, afraid to leave their homes or even move around the territory.
Since October 7, more than 10 thousand people have left Gaza, including the group of 32 repatriated by Brazil from Gaza (22 Brazilians, 7 naturalized Palestinians and 3 Palestinians related to Brazilians).
To repatriate this new list, Brazilian diplomats must proceed in the same way as with the first group. As soon as the names are announced, the group will travel by bus to Cairo and board Brazilian Air Force planes, within a total of 72 hours for rescue.
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Data indicates that the conflict, which has already lasted two months, has killed more than 15,800 people in the Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, a source used by the United Nations. Of this number, 6 thousand were children. It is still estimated that seven thousand people are under rubble. On the part of Israel, 1,200 people were victims of the October 7 attack, in addition to 78 soldiers since the beginning of the conflict.
*With information from BBC and RFI