A group of 32 people rescued from the Gaza Strip arrived in Brazil’s capital Brasília on Monday night, welcomed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and other authorities.
Onboard the presidential aircraft used for the mission were 17 children, nine women and six men: 22 Brazilians and ten Palestinians who are relatives of the Brazilians brought in during Brazil’s tenth rescue mission from the conflict zone in the Middle East.
After more than three weeks waiting to cross to Egypt, the group finally crossed the Rafah Border Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on Sunday.
“If Hamas committed a terrorist act and did what they did, the State of Israel is also committing various terrorist acts by not considering that the children are not at war,” said Lula.
They went through immigration and were transported by the Brazilian Embassy in Egypt to Al-Arish, later arriving in Cairo at night, and received by medical and psychological teams.
In two days, 24 of the 32 people will be flown by the Brazilian air force to the state of São Paulo where 12 will be sent to family members who live in the country. Another 12 will be taken to a shelter offered by the federal government in the interior of São Paulo.
The others will take commercial flights to other states in Brazil. Four people are staying in Brasilia, as they have relatives in the federal capital.
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