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Israel-Hamas war: Five American aid workers leave Gaza for Egypt through Rafah crossing, hundreds remain

At least five Americans were among the group of civilians who fled Gaza for Egypt on Wednesday, U.S. officials say.

All five U.S. citizens – who are the only known Americans to leave Gaza today – were aid workers. The U.S. State Department says that it will give instructions to the 400 other Americans who expressed a desire to leave, along with their families. The total number is around 1,000 people.

“Due to privacy considerations we are not offering further details about the individuals who were able to depart,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “We continue to work towards safe passage for more U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and family members in the coming days.”

Fox News learned that the evacuation was conducted with the help of the Special Operations Association of America, who rescued at least 25 other aid workers.

“Abood shared with me this morning that he reached out to the US Embassy in Cairo, which told him that there was no timeline for US citizens to depart, “attorney Sammy Nabulsi said in a statement. “My concern has and continues to be that at every turn the United States has prioritized foreign interests over the safety and security of American citizens.”

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