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Britons, Romanians evacuated from Gaza

Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:34 p.m. CDT
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(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Romanians and Palestinians of mixed families attend a briefing after arriving on a military plane from Gaza, at the Romanian Air Force Base 90, outside Bucharest, Romania, Monday, July 14, 2014. A group of 84 people from mixed Romanian-Palestinian families fled the conflict area and were flown out of the Gaza strip at their request by the Romanian authorities.

LONDON — Britain, Romania and Sweden on Monday announced dozens of evacuations from Gaza amid violence in the region.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said 27 British and their Palestinian dependents left Gaza late Sunday through Israel to Jordan. Romania's foreign ministry said 84 citizens living in Gaza in mixed Romanian-Palestinian families arrived at an air base north of Bucharest on Monday from Amman, Jordan.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted on Monday that 93 Swedish citizens had been evacuated from Gaza to Jordan, without giving a time-frame.

Israel launched an air strike campaign in the Hamas-controlled Gaza last Tuesday, saying it was responding to heavy rocket fire from the territory. At least 175 people have died since the offensive began.

The outbreak of violence followed the kidnappings and killings of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month, and the subsequent kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager in an apparent revenge attack.

Hague spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman over the weekend and urged for an immediate cease-fire.

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