Note from the armed forces of the Jewish State ahead of the start of the ground operation: “It is for your safety”
Total evacuation of civilians from Gaza City to the south ahead of the start of the ground operation. This is the order that arrived from Israel today, October 13, 2023, according to the latest news on the war. In a note, the army of the Jewish state underlines that “the terrorist organization Hamas has waged a war against the State of Israel and Gaza City is an area where military operations are taking place. This evacuation is for your security protection. Move to the area south of the Gaza Wadi.”
“You will be able to return to Gaza City only when another announcement is made allowing it. Do not approach the area of the security barrier with the State of Israel”, added the army, according to which “Hamas terrorists are hiding in Gaza City in tunnels under homes and inside buildings populated by innocent civilians.”
“Civilians of Gaza City, evacuate to the south for your safety and that of your families and distance yourself from the Hamas terrorists who use you as human shields – the note concludes – In the coming days, the IDF will continue to operate in a significant in Gaza City and will make great efforts to avoid targeting civilians.”
“We are fighting Hamas, not the people of Gaza”
“We are fighting a terrorist group, not the people of Gaza. We want civilians not to be harmed, but we cannot live with Hamas-ISIS rule near our border,” said Israeli army spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari.
The army, Hagari explained, wants to minimize civilian losses and maximize the damage inflicted on Hamas. The order to evacuate the Palestinians is aimed precisely at guaranteeing “freedom of action and worsening the damage” against Hamas, continued the spokesperson, according to whom the objective is “to destroy this organisation”. “We know that it will take several days” for the evacuation, added Hagari, according to whom anyone who does not respect the recommendation to leave Gaza City “puts their family in danger”.
Death toll rises
The toll in the Gaza Strip is rising after Israeli operations following the Hamas attack on Saturday. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, under the control of Hamas, there have been at least 1,537 dead and 6,612 injured.