10/23/2013 12:35 EDT | Updated 12/23/2013 05:12 EST

Family stranded in Gaza to return to Montreal

A family trapped for weeks in Gaza is finally on its way home to Montreal. 

Ola Elgadi​ took her children to Gaza last August to see her ailing father, in spite of warnings by the Canadian government discouraging travel to the region.

The family  when authorities closed the Egyptian border in response to a deadly attack on an Egyptian military base.

Ola's husband, Ghassan Elgadi, did not join his family on the trip. 

For the past two months, he pleaded with officials and the Canadian government to help his family return.

Last week, he said the only communication he had had with his wife was through a spotty internet connection. He said two of his daughters have been sick and unable to receive medical attention.

Now Elgadi says his wife and daughters are set to arrive at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Elgadi said his wife and children somehow managed to cross the border into Egypt on Monday.