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Massachusetts family among 400 cleared to leave Gaza, lawyer says

A Massachusets family stranded in Gaza for weeks as Israeli forces wage war against Hamas has been cleared to leave the territory. 

Abood Okal, Wafa Abuzayda and their 1-year-old son, Yousef, are on a list of 400 Americans cleared to leave Gaza through the Rafah crossing to Egypt as soon as today. As of 5:20 a.m. ET Thursday, they reached the Rafah crossing into Egypt and boarded a shuttle to Cairo.

Okal, his wife and their son were visiting family in Gaza when Hamas launched its largest attack against Israel on Oct. 7. The family has been in the region since late September and had intended to return home to Medway, Massachusetts, on Oct. 13 before the violence delayed their plans.

Dozens of foreign passport holders were allowed to leave through the crossing on Wednesday following negotiations between the U.S., Egypt, Israel and Qatar. The Rafah crossing had previously remained closed at the insistence of both Israel and Egypt.

Fox News’ Rich Edson, Trey Yingst, Nick Kalman, Anders Hagstrom and Landon Mion contributed to this report.

Chris Pandolfo is a writer for Fox News Digital. Send tips to and follow him on Twitter @ChrisCPandolfo.


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