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Unclear when Canadians still in Gaza Strip can cross into Egypt

Canadians still stuck in the war-torn Gaza Strip continue to wait their chance to cross into Egypt.

Saturday’s list from the General Authority for Crossings and Borders in Gaza contained no Canadians, further stalling a chance to leave through the Rafah border crossing.

As of Friday, Global Affairs Canada says 376 Canadians, permanent residents and their relatives have been able to leave the Palestinian territory via Rafah. 

The United Nations has been forced to stop deliveries of food and other necessities in Gaza and warned of the growing risk of widespread starvation after internet and telephone services collapsed because of a lack of fuel.

Israel has announced it will allow two tanker trucks of fuel into Gaza each day for the United Nations and communications, though that is half of what the United Nations says it needs for life-saving functions such as powering water systems, hospitals, bakeries and the trucks delivering aid.

Gaza health officials say more than 11,470 people have been killed and another 2,700 are reported missing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2023.

— With files from The Associated Press

The Canadian Press