IDF says main north-south Gaza road a ‘battle zone,’ designates new humanitarian corridor

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

The Israel Defense Forces announces a new humanitarian corridor in the southern Gaza Strip, as it advances on Khan Younis.

The IDF’s Arabic-language Spokesman, Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee, says on X that Gaza’s main north-south highway, Salah ad-Din, in the areas northeast of Khan Younis is a “battle zone.”

“The fighting and military advance of the IDF in the Khan Younis area does not allow the movement of civilians through the Salah ad-Din axis in the areas north and east of the city,” he says.

He says the IDF will facilitate the movement of civilians via a bypass route to the west of Khan Younis.

“Passage from the Rafah and Khan Younis areas toward Deir al-Balah and the camps of central Gaza will be available through the following routes: al-Rashid coastal road and al-Shuhada Street in Deir al-Balah,” he says.

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