Israel Palestine War (News21USA): Amid rising tensions, Israel has issued a 24-hour evacuation notice to 1.1 million Palestinians residing in northern Gaza. The move comes as Israel deploys tanks along the border in preparation for a ground assault aimed at dismantling Hamas.
The Israeli military announced its intention to conduct significant operations within Gaza City in the coming days, intensifying the conflict that has surged since the weekend attacks by Hamas, resulting in over 1,300 Israeli casualties, predominantly civilians.
Civilians in Gaza City are urged to evacuate to the south to ensure their safety and that of their families, as Israel’s military alleges that Hamas is employing them as human shields. According to the military, Hamas militants are hiding in tunnels under houses and inside buildings occupied by innocent Gazan civilians.
Hamas has dismissed the evacuation warning as “fake propaganda” and has encouraged Palestinians to protest Israel’s ongoing bombardment. They have urged Palestinians to converge on East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and confront Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank.
With over 1,500 Palestinian casualties reported in retaliatory attacks since Hamas initiated the conflict on Saturday, the United Nations has appealed to Israel to withdraw the evacuation order, citing the potentially catastrophic humanitarian consequences.
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The United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA) has relocated its central operations center and international staff to the southern region of Gaza.
The threat of a ground invasion of Gaza is compounded by the number of Israelis currently held hostage by Hamas, making the situation more precarious.