Palestinian Americans sue Biden admin over relatives stranded in Gaza

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WASHINGTON — Two American families of Palestinian origin have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration, claiming that the government is making little effort to evacuate their American relatives stranded in Gaza, unlike what it did for Israeli dual citizens, according to Al-Mamlaka TV. اضافة اعلان

Following the Al-Aqsa Storm operation on October 7, the U.S. government organized charter flights to help its citizens leave Israel and travel to Europe after many airlines had suspended their flights to Israel.

The US State Department says it assisted around 1,300 Americans of Palestinian origin in leaving Gaza and escaping from the retaliatory Israeli airstrikes through various means, including coordinating with Israeli and Egyptian authorities to transport them to Egypt.

The two American families suing the Biden administration claim that the United States has not taken steps to allocate flights or assist in securing the exit of about 900 American citizens, residents, and family members who remain trapped in Gaza.

They argue that this constitutes a violation of their constitutional rights.

Yasmine Agha, who has family stuck in Gaza and helped file the lawsuit, said in an interview, "There is a lot the U.S. government can do, and it chose not to do that for Palestinians."

The State Department declined to comment on the lawsuit, but a spokesperson said the department is working on getting more Americans and their family members out of Gaza.

The White House referred questions about the lawsuit to the Justice Department, which has not yet commented.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, accuses the federal government of failing to protect American citizens in a war zone and denying Americans of Palestinian origin the right to protection as provided in the US Constitution.

The lawsuit seeks to compel the government to initiate evacuation efforts and ensure the safety of citizens "on an equal footing with other civilians in the same war zone."

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