RAMALLAH, June 14 (Xinhua) — Palestine on Sunday declared it will bring back the first batch of Palestinians stranded in Egypt due to the COVID-19 pandemic through Jordan by end of June.
Ibrahim Milhem, Palestinian government spokesperson, told reporters in Ramallah that 1,500 Palestinians in Egypt will be flown in nearly 10 groups to Jordan, one group per day starting from June 21.
Name lists of the Palestinians stranded abroad have been handed over to the Jordanian government, which will ensure their access from the airport to the Karama (Allenby) crossing into the West Bank, he noted.
Moreover, Milhem noted that agreements and logistics for the Palestinian nationals in Egypt have been facilitated through the governments of Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.
According to Milhem, the Palestinian government has coordinated with Jordan and other neighboring countries to allow the return of some 6,500 Palestinians who have been stranded in other countries as a result of the pandemic.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry has requested its embassies to identify Palestinians who have not been allowed to return to their homes due to the lockdown and the global pandemic, in order to facilitate their return in coordination with other governments. Enditem