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Several Norwegians remain caught in Gaza

Norway’s foreign ministry has confirmed that more than 20 Norwegians and Palestinians with legal ties to Norway still haven’t managed to get of war-torn Gaza. Norwegian officials have been unable to negotiate their release into Egypt and now urge them not to try to cross the border alone.

“We are urging everyone who’s planning to cross the border to thoroughly consider their own safety,” Mariken Bruusgaard Harbitz of the ministry told newspaper Dagsavisen on Thursday. Their choices are poor, to either get caught in threatened attacks by Israeli soldiers in Gaza or become stranded on the fringe of the Sinai desert.

Norwegian authorities have helped most of the roughly 300 Norwegians caught in Gaza when Israel launched its war in October, along with several Palestinians with ties to Norway. Their lists of those who still want Norwegian officials to help them travel out of Gaza contain more than 20 names.

“We are very worried about them,” Harbitz said. Some have not yet received permission from local authorities to leave Gaza, while others have permission but still haven’t traveled because of health, family or other reasons. staff



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