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Israel Army tells all Gaza City residents to flee heavy battles

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The Israeli Army dropped 1000’s of leaflets over Gaza City on July 10 urging all residents to flee a heavy offensive that has rocked the principle metropolis of the besieged Palestinian territory.

The leaflets, addressed to “everyone in Gaza City”, set out designated escape routes to the south and warned that the city space, beforehand house to greater than half one million folks, would “remain a dangerous combat zone”.

The warning follows three partial evacuation orders and got here as Israeli troops, backed by tanks and plane, have fought Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants within the heaviest fight operations town has seen in months.

In one operation, the Army stated it had killed militants and located weapons contained in the long-vacated Gaza City headquarters of the U.N. company for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

Elsewhere throughout Gaza, lethal strikes have hit 4 colleges used as shelters in 4 days, sparking worldwide outrage.

The upsurge in combating and displacement got here as mediator Qatar was as a result of resume talks on Wednesday towards a truce and hostage launch deal to finish the battle, now grinding on into its tenth month.

Relatives of a Palestinian killed in an Israeli strike react at the site of the strike, near a school sheltering displaced people, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2024.

Relatives of a Palestinian killed in an Israeli strike react on the website of the strike, close to a faculty sheltering displaced folks, amid the Israel-Hamas battle, in Khan Younis within the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2024.
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Reuters

An Israeli delegation led by Mossad chief David Barnea arrived in Doha for the talks, a supply with information of the negotiations stated, talking on situation of anonymity due to their sensitivity.

CIA director William Burns was additionally anticipated within the Qatari capital, after holding talks in Cairo on Tuesday.

The newest combating in Gaza has newly displaced 3,50,000 civilians, stated UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini, who spoke earlier than the newest leaflet drop and stated “there is absolutely no safe space in Gaza”.

One girl carrying her scant belongings by means of the bombed-out wasteland, Nimr al-Jamal, informed AFP on Tuesday that “this is the 12th time” her household has needed to flee.

“How many times can we endure this? A thousand times? Where will we end up?”

Hamas, whose October 7 assault began the battle, has accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of escalating the combating to derail the newest ceasefire talks.

Also Read | Israel’s new strikes in Gaza City threaten truce talks: Hamas

The Islamist group’s armed wing stated this week the resurgent battles in Gaza City have been “the most intense in months”, whereas lethal strikes have additionally hit elsewhere throughout the territory.

Israel’s navy stated it had “eliminated” Palestinian militants working from inside town’s UNRWA headquarters and located “large amounts of weapons” inside.

The U.N. company’s head of communications Juliette Touma informed AFP it was exhausting to know if folks have been sheltering within the constructing “as we don’t have regular access to Gaza City”.

‘Death and distress’

The Israeli Army stated it was reviewing an assault on Tuesday wherein hospital sources stated no less than 29 folks have been killed in a faculty used as a shelter within the southern Khan Younis space.

Germany stated the strike was “unacceptable” and referred to as for a speedy investigation into the incident.

“Civilians, especially children, must not get caught in the crossfire,” the Foreign Ministry posted on X. “The repeated attacks on schools by the Israeli army must stop and an investigation must come quickly.”

Gaza’s Hamas authorities stated a “majority” of the useless have been girls and youngsters.

AFP footage confirmed the wounded being rushed to the close by Nasser hospital, many screaming in ache, as kin wailed in grief for the useless.

One wounded man, Osama Abu Daqqa, recounted that “suddenly the strike hit, people were injured and martyred and there was no one to help them”.

Also Read | Airstrike kills 25 in southern Gaza as Israeli assault on Gaza City shuts down medical services

Another survivor, Mohamed Sukkar, stated that “without any warning, rockets were fired at a group of people who were browsing the internet. They were not part of the resistance nor were they armed, they were all civilians.”

The navy stated that the strike had killed a Hamas “terrorist” who had taken half within the October 7 assault and that it was “looking into the reports that civilians were harmed, adjacent to the Al Awda school”, which it acknowledged was “near the location of the strike”.

“The incident is under review.”

Three earlier Israeli strikes since Saturday on Gaza colleges utilized by displaced Palestinians have killed a complete of no less than 20 folks, in line with Gaza officers and rescue providers.

Mr. Lazzarini wrote on social media website X that “schools have gone from safe places of education and hope for children to overcrowded shelters and often ending up a place of death and misery”.

‘She is alone’

Hamas’s October 7 assault on southern Israel resulted within the deaths of 1,195 folks, principally civilians, in line with an AFP tally primarily based on Israeli figures.

The militants seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom stay in Gaza, together with 42 the navy says are useless.

A Palestinian pushes a bicycle as he walks past the rubble of houses destroyed during the Israeli military offensive, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2024.

A Palestinian pushes a bicycle as he walks previous the rubble of homes destroyed in the course of the Israeli navy offensive, amid the Israel-Hamas battle, in Khan Younis within the southern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2024.
| Photo Credit:
Reuters

Israel responded with a navy offensive that has killed no less than 38,295 folks in Gaza, additionally principally civilians, in line with figures from the Hamas-run territory’s well being ministry.

Israel has additionally imposed a punishing siege on Gaza’s 2.4 million folks, eased solely by sporadic help deliveries.

Independent U.N. rights consultants on Tuesday accused Israel of finishing up a “targeted starvation campaign” that constituted “a form of genocidal violence”.

Israel’s mission to the U.N. in Geneva accused the panel’s members of “spreading misinformation” and “supporting Hamas propaganda”.

Elad Goren of Israel’s COGAT, the navy division dealing with help to Gaza, stated a mean of 250 vans have been getting into by means of the Kerem Shalom crossing, half of the every day capability — a shortfall he blamed on issues on the Palestinian facet.

In Israel, in the meantime, protesters have recurrently taken to the streets to demand the Netanyahu authorities strike a deal to deliver house the hostages.

Some of the captives’ kin spoke about their concern, particularly of the danger of feminine captives being abused, at a digital press convention by the Hostages Families Forum.

“My life stopped on the 7th of October,” stated Simona Steinbrecher, mom of the hostage Doron Steinbrecher. “I know she is alone there and I cannot help her.”

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