Israel gives Gaza Strip residents 24 hours to evacuate: What's going on. Map
Israel has demanded that residents of the Gaza Strip "distance themselves from Hamas" and evacuate from north to south of the enclave "to ensure their safety." The IDF gave the population 24 hours to evacuate.
The UN is alarmed by the "devastating humanitarian consequences" that the displacement of more than a million people will have, and insists on canceling the order. The New York Times writes about it.
On the morning of October 13, Israel officially confirmed the order to evacuate residents of the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The IDF called on people to move closer to the border with Egypt before the Israeli Defense Forces "begin to act with greater force." People should do this "to ensure their safety".
"The IDF is calling on all civilians in Gaza City to evacuate their homes to the south for their own safety and security and to move to the area south of Wadi Gaza, as shown on the map," said Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus in a video message to Palestinians.
The UN has already said that such an evacuation would displace more than a million people and provoke "devastating humanitarian consequences." On its behalf, the United Nations representative, Stephane Dujarric, called for the order to be canceled so that the tragedy that has already occurred does not turn into a catastrophe.
"The same order applied to all UN staff and those in UN facilities, including schools, medical centers and clinics," Dujarric said.
On October 13, the UN Security Council will convene an emergency meeting in the format of closed consultations on the situation with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Earlier, Israel imposed a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, cutting off electricity and water supplies, as well as preventing the supply of food, fuel, essential goods and any humanitarian aid to the region for the population of about 2 million people.
"The only power plant in the Gaza Strip stopped generating electricity on Wednesday due to fuel shortages, everything has come to a standstill and there is no running water in a large part of the region. Hospitals are overwhelmed with the wounded and running out of vital supplies; fuel for generators and vehicles is rapidly running out; food and water are becoming scarce; and it is unclear when humanitarian aid might be allowed in," the NYT writes.
Israel promises to lift the blockade after Hamas militants release the hostages they have taken: about 150 Israelis and citizens of other countries who were kidnapped and taken to Gaza by terrorists on the first day of the attack on Israel, October 7.
The UN has called the situation after the blockade a "huge disaster."
Israel also continues to carry out massive strikes on Hamas-related targets in the Gaza Strip. On the night of October 12-13 alone, according to the IDF, 750 military targets were struck.
As a result of the IDF's counterattacks, more than 423,000 people left Gaza, according to the UN. The evacuation is complicated by the fact that a significant part of the roads in the enclave were damaged by Israeli air strikes, becoming impassable.
Earlier, it was reported that the IDF had struck the homes of Hamas terrorists, with hundreds of thousands of people leaving the Gaza Strip.
It also became known that Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin denied fears that American support of Israel in the war would affect the level of American aid to Ukraine. He assured that the United States would be able to provide military assistance to Ukraine and Israel simultaneously.