Hundreds of foreign nationals residing in Gaza left the Strip early Friday morning en route to their countries of origin.
Some 250 foreigners, mostly women married to Palestinian citizens and a small group of representatives of international organizations have left Gaza in coordination with the Red Cross and the diplomatic missions in Israel.
Those leaving gathered near the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza and were transported by buses to the Erez crossing. Later Friday they will be transferred to Jordan through the Allenby crossing.
Sources in Gaza estimated that the move is an indication that an Israeli ground incursion, or an escalation of the current operation, was imminent.
At least 400 foreign women citizens married to Palestinians live in Gaza, but some of them preferred to remain in the Strip. However, should the situation escalate further more foreigners would likely opt to leave.