Israeli official: Israel willing to pay for flights for emigrating Gazans

According to the official, Israel is willing to finance flights from an airport in the south for those who are interested in leaving.

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August 20, 2019 18:22
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AS WE stood on the border and looked across the field at the Gaza Strip, we saw the Palestinian flag

AS WE stood on the border and looked across the field at the Gaza Strip, we saw the Palestinian flag fluttering.’ . (photo credit: REUTERS)

Israel is actively encouraging the emigration of Palestinians from Gaza, a senior Israeli official told reporters accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his current trip to Ukraine.

According to various tweets from reporters on the trip, the official said that Jerusalem is in contact with other countries – including some in the Mideast – to see if they would be willing to absorb Gazan emigrants. The official noted that more than 35,000 Gazans left the area last year.

According to the official, Israel is willing to finance flights from an airport in the south for those who are interested in leaving. The official said so far no country has responded positively to accepting emigrants from Gaza.

According to an NPR report last month, between 35,000 to 40,000 people have left Gaza via Egypt since Egypt opened the Sinai-Gaza border in May 2018. Egypt reportedly allows a few hundred Gazans to cross the frontier each day.

According to these reports, some of those exiting Gaza via Egypt fly from Cairo to the Gulf. Others remain in Egypt, while some fly to Turkey and in the hope of smuggling their way into Greece, and from there to other European Union countries.


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