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Gazans wait at the Rafah border crossing to enter Egypt from southern Gaza, on October 14, 2023.

Gaza’s Iranian-backed Hamas terrorist organization is keeping hundreds of foreign nationals and dual nationals trapped in Gaza, in addition to the 238 hostages it continues to hold captive after abducting them during its October 7 invasion of Israel and massacre of its citizens.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefly mentioned the issue during his news briefing with foreign media on Monday evening.


There are an estimated 600 US citizens currently in Gaza, who are being prevented by Hamas from leaving the enclave.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan bluntly told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that it is Hamas that is preventing the foreign nationals from leaving Gaza but could not elaborate further.

“Just as there’s ongoing discussions and negotiations over the hostages. We are facing a similar situation with the American citizens and other foreign nationals who are trapped in Gaza,
Sullivan told Tapper on “State of the Union.”

“It is true the Egyptians are prepared to allow American citizens and foreign nationals to come through the Rafah gate into Egypt. The Israelis have no issue with that.

“Hamas has been preventing their departure and making a series of demands. I can’t go through those demands in public, but that is the subject of the discussions in the negotiations that are ongoing,” he said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.