Hamas forcing people to remain in northern Gaza, local source says

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Palestinians carrying their belongings flee to safer areas in Gaza City after Israeli air strikes, on October 13, 2023. (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
Palestinians carrying their belongings flee to safer areas in Gaza City after Israeli air strikes, on October 13, 2023. (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

A Gazan resident speaking to The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity confirms that Hamas is preventing residents of the north of the strip from evacuating to the south, following an evacuation order issued by the IDF for Friday morning.

“When they find people going to their cars, they force them to go back,” the Gazan man says.

The source adds that many residents are not planning to evacuate, as they feel they would not have anywhere to go in the south of the enclave.

Hamas has told Gazans to ignore Israel’s evacuation order.

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