The new deadline given by Israel for Palestinian civilians to evacuate the north of the Gaza Strip ended at 7am this Sunday (15), Brasília time. This increases the fear that Israeli troops will carry out a land invasion of territory under Palestinian control.
Israel and Palestine have been in confrontation since Saturday (7). Since then, more than 3,600 people have died. There were 2,300 in Gaza, according to Palestinian estimates; and another 1,300 in Israel, according to local authorities.
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The death toll is the highest in Gaza in history. It is also the worst in over 50 years on the Israeli side.
Israel has already dropped around 6,000 bombs on the Gaza Strip in one week. On average, there was an explosion every 2 minutes of confrontation.
Israeli bombings hit hospitals, refugee camps, residential buildings, press vehicles and universities. At least seven journalists have already died in Gaza.
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees estimates that 1 million Palestinians have been forced to leave their homes.
Rescue of Brazilians
In the early hours of this Sunday, the fifth flight of the federal government’s operation to rescue Brazilians in the area of the confrontation arrived in Brazil. The landing took place at around 1:45 am, at Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeão), in Rio de Janeiro.
There were 215 Brazilians on board, nine of whom were babies in arms. They boarded in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday.
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In this first phase of the operation, 916 people have already been rescued.
The Presidency of the Republic also highlighted a plane to rescue the group of Brazilians who are on the Palestinian side of the confrontation. The plane remains in Rome, Italy, awaiting authorization from Egyptian authorities to go to Egypt.
On Saturday, a group of 16 Brazilians began traveling to cross the border. They were sheltering at the Rosary Sisters Catholic school, in northern Gaza, and traveled on a bus chartered by the Brazilian government to Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. There, they joined another group of around ten Brazilians who are interested in repatriation.
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Also on Saturday, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) telephoned and articulated with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, support for the withdrawal of Brazilians who are trying to leave the Strip of Gaza. When in Egypt, the Brazilians will head to an airport that has yet to be defined for the group’s final transfer to Brazil.
“The Brazilians who were in Gaza managed to leave the conflict zone and reached Khan Yunis, a border post with Egypt. Now, let’s wait for this border to open. As soon as it opens, we can immediately get our people to cross. But , thank God, they are far from the most intense part of the bombings, which is the horte part”, said ambassador Alessandro Candeas, head of the Brazilian Representative Office in Ramallah, in the West Bank.
Editing: Raquel Setz