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U.S. leads multinational evacuation of foreign nationals from Gaza
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U.S. leads multinational evacuation of foreign nationals from Gaza 

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Consulate General Publics Affairs Officer Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm and Embassy Tel Aviv Deputy Chief of Mission Luis Moreno greet evacuees as the leave the Erez Border Crossing (Photo Credit: Matty Stern/U.S. embassy Tel Aviv)

American diplomats from the Consulate General in Jerusalem, the Embassy in Tel Aviv, and the Embassy in Amman led a coordinated evacuation of over 250 foreign nationals from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, January 21, 2009.  The evacuation helped 93 American citizens (including immediate family members)  depart Gaza through the Erez checkpoint, cross Israel, and pass to Jordan via the Allenby bridge.   US Embassy Tel Aviv coordinated the operation with diplomatic representatives from other foreign countries, including Canada, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Turkey, Greece, Austria, Sri Lanka, and Jordan. 


This is the third evacuation of American citizens from the Gaza Strip this year.   On January 2nd, our U.S. Missions coordinated the evacuation of 27 American Citizens via the Erez crossing and into Jordan. 

Deputy Chief of Mission Luis Moreno helps two American children during the evacuation from Gaza.
Deputy Chief of Mission Luis Moreno helps two American children during the evacuation from Gaza. (Photo Credit: Matty Stern/U.S. embassy Tel Aviv)

  On January 19th, our U.S. missions in Jerusalem, Cairo and Tel Aviv led a multinational evacuation from Gaza via the Rafah crossing into Egypt.  Ten American citizens as well as over 100 foreign nationals from various countries including Poland, Spain, Russia, Ireland, Ukraine, and Australia were moved safely to Cairo in a US-led convoy.

 

 

Consulate General Vice-Consul Jonathan Crawford and Embassy Tel Aviv Deputy Chief of Mission Luis Moreno welcome a family during the evacuation.
Consulate General Vice-Consul Jonathan Crawford and Embassy Tel Aviv Deputy Chief of Mission Luis Moreno welcome a family during the evacuation. (Photo Credit: Matty Stern/U.S. embassy Tel Aviv)