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More than 100 Gaza evacuees to arrive in Turkiye

November 20, 2023 at 8:43 am

Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca (2nd R) arrives with plane at Esenboga Airport along with cancer patients and their companions who were evacuated from Gaza to Egypt, in Ankara, Turkiye on November 16, 2023. [Erçin Ertürk – Anadolu Agency]

More than 100 evacuees from Gaza are set to arrive in Turkiye today, including dozens of people who will receive medical treatment there, Turkiye’s health minister and a Foreign Ministry source said.

According to Reuters, Sixty-one patients, accompanied by some 49 relatives, arrived in Egypt from Gaza yesterday evening and were scheduled to fly to Ankara this morning after spending the night at Al-Arish hospital, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

He said last week that Ankara wanted to bring as many of the nearly 1,000 cancer patients from Gaza to Turkiye as possible. The first 27 patients arrived in Ankara last Thursday.

Separately, a group of 87 people, consisting of Turks, Turkish Cypriots and their relatives, arrived in Egypt from Gaza yesterday. They are set to fly to Istanbul this evening, a Foreign Ministry source said.

Forty-four Turks who travelled from Gaza to Egypt at the weekend arrived in Istanbul on Sunday, media reports said.

The Foreign Ministry source also said that if conditions on the ground permit, Turkiye aimed to get around 100 more people out of Gaza today.

A month ago, Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz said some 700 people, including Turkish, Palestinian, and northern Cypriot citizens, had applied to Turkiye to be evacuated from Gaza. Around 300 of them were Turkish citizens.

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