Israel-Gaza live updates: Massive blast reported at Gaza refugee camp

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that about 400 American citizens and their family members, which totals about 1,000 people, “are stuck in Gaza and want to get out.”

Blinken said Hamas is the only hurdle blocking the exit of Americans and their families.

“The impediment is simple — it’s Hamas. We’ve not yet found a way to get them out by whatever, through whatever place, and by whatever means that Hamas is not blocking, but we’re working that with intermediaries,” Blinken said.

“We’ve been in close communication as best we can with Americans who are stuck in Gaza,” he said. “We’ve had about 5,500 communications that we’ve initiated — phone calls, emails, WhatsApp — to be in touch with them to try to guide them as best we can, and to work for their ability to leave.”

-ABC News’ Shannon Crawford

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