US Evacuates 17 US Citizen Doctors From Gaza

Girls carrying food containers in a temporary camp in Rafah, near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Girls carrying food containers in a temporary camp in Rafah, near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)
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US Evacuates 17 US Citizen Doctors From Gaza

Girls carrying food containers in a temporary camp in Rafah, near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)
Girls carrying food containers in a temporary camp in Rafah, near the border with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP)

The United States on Friday evacuated out of Gaza 17 American doctors who had been stuck since an Israeli takeover of the Rafah crossing closed the border with Egypt, official sources said, AFP reported.

US diplomats arranged for the 17 doctors to leave instead through the Kerem Shalom crossing into Israel.

"Some of the US citizen doctors who had been stuck in Gaza have now safely departed and made their way to safety with assistance from the US embassy in Jerusalem," a State Department spokesperson said.

"We have been in close contact with the groups that these US doctors are part of, and we have been in contact with the families of these US citizens," he said.

A source familiar with the operation said that three other US citizen doctors who were part of the volunteer medical mission chose to stay despite the uncertainty on when they will again have a chance to leave.

The Rafah crossing into Egypt has been the main gateway for goods and people entering Gaza. It has been closed since Israel on May 7 said it had seized the border post from Hamas.

Egypt has accused Israel of denying responsibility for a humanitarian crisis in Gaza and says that truck drivers and aid workers do not feel safe crossing through an Israeli checkpoint into Gaza.



US Military Says it Destroyed Three Houthi Vessels in Red Sea

A Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond targeting a projectile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP Photo)
A Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond targeting a projectile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP Photo)
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US Military Says it Destroyed Three Houthi Vessels in Red Sea

A Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond targeting a projectile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP Photo)
A Sea Viper missile is launched from HMS Diamond targeting a projectile fired by the Iranian-backed Houthis from Yemen, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. (AP Photo)

US forces destroyed three Iranian-backed Houthi uncrewed surface vessels in the Red Sea in the past 24 hours, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Saturday.
Separately, the Houthis launched three anti-ship ballistic missiles into the Gulf of Aden but there were no injuries or significant damage reported by US, coalition, or merchant vessels, CENTCOM added.
The US military's Central Command also dismissed as "categorically false" recent claims about a successful attack by Houthi forces on the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower, reported Reuters.