ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 150

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Official: New humanitarian pauses to be in different area each day, announced hours ahead of time

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Palestinians flee to the southern Gaza Strip along Salah al-Din Street in Bureij, designated as a humanitarian corridor by the IDF to escape Gaza's north, November 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians flee to the southern Gaza Strip along Salah al-Din Street in Bureij, designated as a humanitarian corridor by the IDF to escape Gaza's north, November 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

A senior Israeli official tells The Times of Israel that the “tactical, localized” pauses that Israel has agreed to start implementing today are an expansion of the humanitarian corridors that it began operating on Sunday to allow Gazans to evacuate from northern to southern Gaza — away from the most intense areas of fighting.

These new, four-hour pauses will take place in a different northern Gaza neighborhood each day, with residents notified three hours ahead of time. They will be able to use this time to either evacuate to the south via the two humanitarian corridors that Israel has established, or leave their homes in order to restock on food, medicine and other aid, the senior Israeli official says.

The neighborhoods chosen for the pauses will not be announced ahead of time in order to prevent Hamas from exploiting them for its own military purposes.

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