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US evacuates 17 American doctors from Gaza: State Department

The United States on Friday evacuated 17 American doctors out of Gaza after they were stranded following an Israeli seizure of the Rafah Crossing closed the border with Egypt, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Friday.

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

“They’re out. There was 20 American doctors, 17 are out now, came out today. And all 17, they wanted to, they wanted to leave — I won’t speak for the other three, but just, I can assure you that any of them that wanted to leave are out now,” Kirby said.