After Hamas launched an attack on Israel, the country's military began bombing Gaza, killing thousands.
The lack of basic resources for Palestinian civilians has since become a major concern worldwide.
Foreign nationals and seriously injured Palestinians have now been allowed to cross into Egypt.
This week, some Palestinian refugees and foreign nationals were allowed to cross into Egypt as Israel continues its bombing campaign in Gaza.
Among them are 335 foreign passport-holders, most of whom are Palestinian dual nationals, per The Associated Press.
Seventy-six critically injured patients were also transported over the border en route to Egyptian hospitals, according to the AP.
But for many, the afternoon dashed hopes — people who risked their lives to travel to the border were stranded when officials stopped calling names of people allowed in.
"No one understands how you get on this list or why you're not on this list," businessman Hammam al-Yazji told the AP.
Since its start, the Israel-Hamas war has resulted in the deaths of 8,525 Palestinians, 67% of whom are women and children, per the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, citing the Ministry of Health in Gaza. Hundreds of thousands of people have also been displaced, per OCHA.
The Defense of Children in Palestine said over 40% of Palestinians killed in the conflict are children, with the minor death toll at 3,457. Over 1,000 children are missing, meaning that count could be much higher, per the DCP.
This week, Israeli airstrikes targeted a refugee camp in Gaza, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries, by Palestinian estimates.
In response to concerns about civilian lives, an IDF spokesperson told Insider it urged the Palestinian population — many of whom have nowhere to go, since surrounding countries refuse to take them in — to move south for their "safety."
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