Canadians Left Stranded at Gaza Border as Other Foreigners are Repatriated  

According to a CBC News report, Canadians in southern Gaza are increasingly frustrated as they wait for approval to cross into Egypt. 

Canada was not among the countries with citizens in the region allowed to cross the Gaza border. Although other countries were, including Japan, the U.K., Finland, Australia, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria. 

Only one Canadian was reportedly able to exit — an international worker who was on a different list — as the crossing opened to a few hundred foreign passport holders for the first time since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7. 

Canadian Said Alhassoimi, 16, and his family rushed to the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday after getting a call from Global Affairs Canada and hearing it was opening. They were told to just get ready, but they were not on that list. 

Canadian permanent resident Ahmad Abualjedian, who has family in Gaza, is desperate for help getting his wife and newborn daughter out of the besieged Palestinian territory. He has only a 57-second video of his daughter, Sila, who was born on October 23.

More than 300 foreign passport holders and more than 70 seriously injured Palestinians were allowed to leave Gaza at the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday, the first such departure since the Israel-Hamas war began nearly four weeks ago. 

Officials in Canada are working around the clock to secure a window for Canadians to exit Gaza, and Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly is in contact with both her Israeli and Egyptian counterparts.

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