IDF calls on Gazans to evacuate additional Rafah neighborhoods as it presses operation

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The Israeli military is calling on Palestinians in additional neighborhoods of Rafah to evacuate the area, as it presses on with its operation against Hamas in the city in the southern Gaza Strip.

Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee, the IDF’s Arabic-language spokesman, publishes a list of the new zones that need to be evacuated alongside the announcement.

Last week, the IDF issued an evacuation warning for the eastern outskirts of Rafah, before it pushed into the area. The latest warning covers the Rafah and Shaboura camps and the neighborhoods of Geneina and Khirbat al-Adas.

The civilians are being called to move to an expanded designated “humanitarian zone” in the al-Mawasi and Khan Younis areas.

Adraee also warns Palestinians against moving toward the Israeli border.

Around a million Palestinians, who fled other parts of the enclave during the war, are sheltering in Rafah.

The move comes after the security cabinet voted on Thursday night to approve a “measured” expansion of the IDF’s operation in Rafah.

A separate evacuation order is given for northern Gaza, in the Jabaliya area. In this case, civilians are told to move to shelters west of Gaza City.

“You are in a dangerous combat zone. Hamas is trying to rebuild its capabilities in the area, and therefore the IDF will work with great force against the terror organizations in the area in which you are located,” Adraee says.

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