IDF says it will open Gaza evacuation route again despite Saturday attack

IDF Arabic Spokesman Avichay Adraee says Israel will reopen a corridor for Gazan civilians in the north of the Strip to escape south on Sunday, despite coming under attack while trying to open the road Saturday.

Adraee writes on X that Israel will open Salah-al-Din Street for southward traffic between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“For your safety, take advantage of the time to move south beyond Wadi Gaza,” he says, reiterating the Israeli military’s long-standing insistence that civilians move out of harm’s way by heading to the south of Gaza.

Some 800,000 people are thought to have fled south so far, though many have insisted on staying in the enclave’s north, noting humanitarian woes and airstrikes taking place in the south as well.

Israel has concentrated most of its air power and ground forces in the north of Gaza, surrounding Gaza City from three sides as it seeks to eliminate the Strip’s Hamas rulers entrenched in the city.

Adraee says that Hamas members fired mortars and anti-tank shells at troops when they tried to open the road on Saturday “because they wanted you to remain there as human shields for themselves and their leaders.”

An infographic released by the military on November 4, 2023, shows where the Israel Defense Forces says Hamas terrorists attacked Israeli troops as they worked to open an evacuation corridor for Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip. (Israel Defense Forces)

No soldiers were hurt in the attack, the IDF said earlier.

The IDF has already accused Hamas of attempting to prevent Palestinians from evacuating northern Gaza, where the military has focused most of its airstrikes and ongoing ground offensive.

 

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