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Brazilians are allowed to leave the Gaza Strip

A group of Brazilians in the Gaza Strip were allowed to leave the territory on the 10th of November. In total, 34 people monitored by the Brazilian Embassy in Palestine are part of the relationship. The list was confirmed by the Brazilian ambassador to Israel, Frederico Meyer.

The Brazilian Embassy in Palestine was monitoring the situation of 34 people in the Gaza Strip. Including 24 Brazilians, seven Palestinians in the immigration process and three Palestinians who are yet to begin the process.

The group that was authorized to leave on the tenth is part of a list with almost 600 names of citizens from 15 countries. Including the United States, Canada, India, China, Poland and others. The only person not placed on the list is young Shahed al-Banna's grandmother, Jamila Ewaida. The elderly woman has Palestinian citizenship and will begin the immigration process to Brazil. 

Hasan Habee, one of the Brazilians waiting to leave, said that part of the group travelled by bus from the city of Khan Yunis to the Rafah crossing. The group will cross the Gaza Strip border with Egypt through the Rafah crossing in the next few hours. Once they arrive in Egypt, the group will board the Brazilian Air Force plane that has been waiting for the Brazilians in Egypt for more than a week.

The withdrawal of people of other nationalities from the Gaza Strip is part of an agreement between Israel, Egypt and Hamas. The negotiations were mediated by Qatar, with coordination from the United States. The first group of foreigners was allowed to leave the enclave on November 1st. Six lists without Brazilians were published.

As the lists were being published, Brazilians awaiting authorization reported their despair as they waited to leave Gaza. Faced with the negative repercussions, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauro Vieira, even stated that the Israeli Chancellor had guaranteed that the list with the names of Brazilians would be published by the 8th of November.

However, the promise was not fulfilled. Furthermore, the Rafah crossing ended up being closed for security reasons on the 8th and reopened on the 9th of November. The Brazilian government offered reception with medical care, social assistance and immigration regularization to the group that will be repatriated.

Andréia Sadi's blog found that repatriated families will be able to stay in the state of São Paulo. The information was obtained from the national secretary of Justice, Augusto de Arruda Botelho.

According to Botelho, anyone who has ties in Brazil and wants to take shelter in other cities will be guaranteed travel after completing the documentation regularization.

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