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Exile. Israeli army orders all Palestinians to leave Gaza City – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 11:26:54

The evacuation order, which was carried out through the distribution of leaflets urging “everyone in Gaza City” to take two “safe routes” south towards the area around the central city of Deir al-Balah, came after a series of deadly attacks carried out over the past two days in other parts of Gaza.

An Israeli airstrike on Tuesday night reportedly killed at least 31 Palestinians sheltering in tents near a school in the town of Abassan near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza. An Israeli rocket hit a tent camp in southern Gaza on Tuesday just as displaced people had gathered there to watch a school football match and vendors were selling them milkshakes and biscuits, witnesses told Reuters on Wednesday.

“They were watching a football match. There were wounded and dead people. I witnessed it… people were thrown around, body parts scattered, blood,” a young woman named Ghazzal Nasser told the agency. “Everything was normal. People were playing, others were buying and selling (food and drink). There was no sound of planes or anything.”

This is the fourth Israeli attack on a school used as a shelter in Gaza in four days. It comes after Israel ordered new mass evacuations from parts of Khan Yunis and Gaza City, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee and prompting the closure of three key hospitals. Gaza health officials said at least seven women and children were among the dead.

Other Israeli strikes in the early hours of Wednesday morning killed at least 20 Palestinians. The Associated Press reported that 12 people were killed in the Nuseirat refugee camp and eight in a home in Deir al-Balah, an area that falls within the “humanitarian security zone” where Israel has ordered Palestinians to seek shelter.

Israeli ground troops have advanced into parts of Gaza City in recent days, prompting a mass exodus of thousands of Palestinians trying to escape a barrage of shelling and airstrikes. Last week, the military ordered Palestinian residents to evacuate eastern and central parts of the city. Despite the directive, there was no immediate large-scale withdrawal from the city.

Many civilians told the Guardian they had come to believe there was no safe haven in the war-torn Gaza Strip and had no confidence in the safe corridors established by Israel. Residents also fear that if they leave, they will not be able to retrieve their belongings or return to their homes. This is the first time all residents of Gaza City have been asked to evacuate since Israel ordered the evacuation in the first week of the war. Large parts of Gaza City and surrounding urban areas have been razed or reduced to a ruined landscape by previous Israeli attacks.

The past few days of airstrikes have been some of the most intense since the war began, observers said. Hamas’s armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, described the fighting as “the most intense in months.” The stepped-up offensive could be aimed at increasing pressure on Hamas in ceasefire negotiations. The fresh fighting came as international mediators led by Egypt, Qatar and the United States launched new efforts to push through a proposed ceasefire deal.

Hamas, however, again accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of deliberately trying to derail the truce talks. On Wednesday, Netanyahu told the US special envoy that he intends to achieve a ceasefire agreement in the Gaza Strip, subject to compliance with “Israeli red lines.”

On Sunday, Netanyahu’s office published a document called “Principles for the Hostage Release Agreement,” which demands that “any agreement allow Israel to resume offensive operations until it achieves its military objectives,” and “prevent Hamas from smuggling weapons from Egypt” and prevent “thousands of terrorists from returning to northern Gaza,” Haaretz reports.

Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on Israel as a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip could also contribute to a easing of relations between Hezbollah and Israel, AFP notes. On Wednesday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, speaking at an event in memory of a senior Hezbollah official killed in an Israeli strike last week, said his group would stop fighting Israel once an agreement was reached on a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

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Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.
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