After weeks of waiting, on November 12, the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia announced they would begin the evacuation of Russian citizens from the Gaza Strip amid Israel's current ground and air offenses.
According to the ministry's Telegram channel, officials worked to secure Russian citizens' access to evacuation routes in Gaza. The government agency wrote, "At this point, citizens of the Russian Federation who wish to leave the conflict zone are crossing the [Rafah border] checkpoint." As of the writing of this article, 70 Russians have crossed into Egypt. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that over 300 Russian minors are still waiting to be evacuated.
Once in Egypt, Russian citizens are taken to Cairo for medical and psychological assistance. The Ministry of Emergency Situations will be deployed in the Egyptian capital to provide food and water and help prepare necessary documents for evacuees.
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