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Ukraine to evacuate citizens from Gaza Strip within 48 hours, - Foreign Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

There are currently 1,600 Ukrainian citizens there, 127 of whom have expressed a desire to return home
14:59, 19 May 2021

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba
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Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that the evacuation of Ukrainians from the Gaza Strip could take place within 48 hours. He announced this during a government meeting on May 19.

According to Kuleba, there are currently 1,600 Ukrainian citizens there, 127 of whom have expressed a desire to return home.

Related: UN Security Council fails to arrange ceasefire between Israel and Hamas for fourth time

"We have already agreed with the Israeli authorities and the Palestinian Authority on a "green corridor" for evacuation, we have already worked out organizational issues with the Egyptian authorities and at the moment, on the instructions of the President of Ukraine, we have decided to carry out such evacuations as soon as possible from Gaza Strip to the territory of Egypt and the organization of the corresponding flight at the expense of means of reserve fund of the budget of Ukraine," Kuleba said.

As it was reported earlier, on late May 11, a huge missile attack occurred in Tel Aviv and its vicinities. HAMAS movement claimed the responsibility, stating that 130 missiles were fired in the direction of the Israeli capital city. According to the outlet, the alarm sirens blared in practically every large settlement in Israel, as the rockets fell in the downtown of Tel Aviv and its suburbs; it became arguably the largest missile attack on Israel so far. The shooting began at about 8.45 p.m. local time. The missiles fell in several central districts of the country. Some projectiles hit their targets, but most of the rockets were downed by the anti-missile defense system, the Iron Dome.

According to Aviv Kochavi, Chief of the General Staff of the IDF, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) landed attacks on more than 500 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinian militants.

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