“Dangerous combat zone”: Israel confirms Gaza city evacuation order

Israel is ordering all Palestinians to leave the largest city of Gaza, saying it is pursuing Hamas elements who are regrouping in areas of the territory that had been attacked at the start of the war.

The Israeli army released leaflets ordering all Palestinians to leave Gaza city, according to the AP news agency, while the Israeli army’s Arabic spokesman, Avichay Adraee, wrote on the social network : “Gaza City will continue to be a dangerous combat zone!” Adraee called on residents of Gaza’s capital to “quickly move” to the city of Deir al-Balah, in the center of the Gaza Strip, and the neighboring city of Zawayda.

Israel has been besieging the city of Gaza since the beginning of the week and, on Monday, it had already ordered the inhabitants of several neighborhoods to move to Deir al-Balah, where it launched bombings that night that made at least two dead – a mother and her daughter. Today’s evacuation order applies to all neighborhoods in the capital of Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of Palestinians live.

The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service stated that “operations room teams are receiving dozens of requests for humanitarian aid from Gaza City without ambulance teams being able to reach them due to the danger of the targeted areas and the intensity of the bombings”.

Since the army reinforced its operations in the capital of Gaza and hospitals in the area were evacuated, the entire north of the Gaza Strip is practically without any possibility of providing medical care.

Meanwhile, the Israeli offensive continues across the territory, including in the central refugee camps, where 30 people were killed on Tuesday, and in the south, where at least 27 people were killed in a school in Khan Younis.

In the last 24 hours alone, 52 people died and 208 were injured following Israeli attacks, reported the Ministry of Health in Gaza, controlled by the Islamist group Hamas. “The (Israeli) occupation is moving the population of northern Gaza to the south, ignoring the request for the return of those displaced” to their places of residence to reach a truce agreement , declared Hosam Badran, member of the Hamas political cabinet. Israel “is not serious about reaching a ceasefire agreement in Gaza,” he said.

The current conflict resulted from Israel’s response to the attack by Palestinian Islamists on October 7, which killed around 1,200 people in southern Israel – mostly civilians – and kidnapped around 250. Since then, ground offensives and Israeli bombings in the Gaza Strip caused more than 38,000 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health of the territory, controlled by Hamas.


Francesco Giganti

Journalist, social media, blogger and pop culture obsessive in newshubpro

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