13 Nov 2023

Officials working overtime to get last 9 kiwis out of Gaza

From Checkpoint, 6:07 pm on 13 November 2023

Officials are working around the clock to evacuate nine New Zealanders who remain in Gaza tonight. 11 Kiwis and their families were able to get out of the enclave overnight and are currently being supported by the New Zealand Embassy in Cairo.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it's working with New Zealand Defence Force to help those still in the region and is also urging all New Zealanders to register on the SafeTravel website.

Meanwhile hospitals in Gaza continue to come under relentless bombardment as the Israel-Hamas war rages on.

Hospital staff are working in dire conditions, with electricity and medical supplies either out or running low.

The buildings that are still operating are now packed with residents trying to get shelter.

Simon Eccleshall, from doctors without borders speaks to Susana Lei'ataua.