WASHINGTON — President Biden said Wednesday that the terrorist group Hamas has agreed to allow some US citizens to leave the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli military invades and heavily bombs the Palestinian territory. The White House wouldn’t say how many US citizens are being allowed to leave. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that 400 Americans are “stuck” there.“Today, thanks to American leadership, we secured safe passage for wounded Palestinians and for foreign nationals to exit Gaza,” Biden tweeted as he traveled to Minnesota for an unrelated day trip. “We expect American citizens to exit today, and we expect to see more depart over the coming days,” Biden wrote. “We won’t let up working to get Americans out of Gaza.”National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the development a “significant breakthrough” but declined to provide specific details during a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One.“I won’t go beyond saying a handful of Americans, that’s as specific as I’m gonna get today,” Kirby said.“This is a significant breakthrough. It certainly was a focus of the president’s calls with [Egyptian] President [Abdel Fattah el-]Sisi and [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu on Sunday, where this arrangement was discussed in detail.”Kirby added, “A handful of Americans are expected to depart today and we expect to get more to come in future days. The State Department has communicated directly with American citizens and Gaza over the past 24 hours to tell them to be ready to go and to await further instruction.”Blinken said Tuesday during congressional testimony that there were roughly 400 Americans stranded in Gaza, plus 600 immediate family members. “We have about 400 American citizens and their family members, so it’s roughly 1,000 people who are stuck in Gaza and want to get out. I’m focused on this intensely,” Blinken told the Senate Committee on Appropriations.There also are up to 10 US citizens who were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists and taken to Gaza during the group’s Oct. 7 surprise attack on southern Israel, in which at least 32 Americans were among the more than 1,400 slaughtered in communities near Gaza.Hamas released two kidnapped US citizens on Oct. 20 and US officials have been coy about exactly how many are believed to remain captive.
01 Kasım 2023 - 22:00
Hamas will release some of the 400 Americans stuck in Gaza, Biden says
President Biden said Wednesday that the terrorist group Hamas has agreed to allow some US citizens to leave the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli military invades and heavily bombs the Palestinian territo…
01 Kasım 2023 - 22:00