PLO official say Israeli efforts to evacuate civilians from Gaza a war crime

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

Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary-general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), attends the funeral of prime minister Ahmad Qurei in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank on February 22, 2023. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)
Hussein al-Sheikh, secretary-general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), attends the funeral of prime minister Ahmad Qurei in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank on February 22, 2023. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

PLO Executive Committee secretary-general Hussein al-Sheikh says Israel’s call on residents of north Gaza to leave ahead of an expected ground offense is a “war crime.”

In a statement, he says that the “Palestinian leadership rejects by all means the Israeli attempts to displace the citizens of Gaza Strip, considers this a war crime added to the series of Israeli war crimes and calls on the international community to intervene to stop this genocidal war in the Gaza Strip.”

Israel says Hamas leaders in the area are using the civilians as cover for their terror network.

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