The governments were making efforts to carry out evacuations of nationals from other nations. These efforts were also to help out injured Gaza people to pass through the Rafah crossing (Egypt). However, unfortunately, the efforts have come to a halt after a deadly attack on an ambulance.
Additionally, amenities like communication and internet in the much-disputed Gaza Strip are being disrupted. These disruptions are a result of an ongoing bombardment. Reports show casualties arising out of a strike in a refugee camp.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority President, called for an immediate Israeli ceasefire. This happened during a meeting with Mr. Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State.
Blinken emphasized the central role of the Palestinian Authority. He stated its importance in the future of the Gaza Strip. This speech came during an unannounced visit to the occupied West Bank.
The Rafah crossing to Egypt remains the only exit point from Gaza not controlled by Israel, and aid trucks can still enter Gaza.
Evacuations began earlier under an internationally brokered deal, with over 300 Americans leaving Gaza. The situation in Gaza is dire, with reports of casualties and destruction.
Pope Francis and foreign ministers from several countries have also called for peace. Blinken emphasized the U.S.’s commitment to delivering humanitarian aid and resuming essential services in Gaza.
The U.S. is advocating for localized pauses in fighting to facilitate aid delivery and allow people to leave Gaza. U.S government believes a full ceasefire might benefit Hamas by allowing it to regroup.