IDF releases recording of Gazan saying Hamas shooting at people trying to flee south

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

The Israel Defense Forces releases an audio recording of an officer in the Military Intelligence Directorate’s Unit 504 — which specializes in HUMINT — speaking to a Gazan man, during which he describes how Hamas is preventing people from evacuating from the northern part of the Gaza Strip and even shooting at them.

The IDF says Unit 504 soldiers have been calling up Palestinians in northern Gaza in recent days, instructing them to leave the area for their safety, as the military intensifies strikes in the Gaza City area ahead of an expected major ground incursion.

In the newly released call, the IDF officer can be heard calling on the man to head toward Khan Younis in southern Gaza, but the Gazan responds by saying Hamas is blocking all the roads.

The man says that Hamas is placing roadblocks with cars, and “just sending people back home.”

The Gazan also says that Hamas members are shooting at Palestinians attempting to leave the area.

The IDF has accused Hamas of preventing Palestinians from evacuating south several times since the war began on October 7.

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