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Palestinians in Rafah Ordered to Vacate as Israel Expands Evacuation Zones


CAIRO: Israel issued urgent evacuation orders on Saturday for additional areas of Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, signaling a heightened likelihood of a ground offensive.

Residents were instructed to relocate to what Israel termed an “expanded humanitarian area” in Al-Mawasi.

Concurrently, residents and displaced individuals in the Jabalia area of northern Gaza, along with 11 other neighborhoods, were urged to seek refuge immediately west of Gaza City.

Tragically, the Palestinian health ministry reported at least 37 fatalities, including 24 from central Gaza, due to overnight airstrikes, including those in Rafah.

Amidst the chaos, one survivor, Khitam Al-Khatib, lamented the futility of seeking refuge, citing the indiscriminate nature of the violence.

Al-Zawayda, a town in central Gaza, has been inundated with thousands of displaced individuals seeking safety, yet no area seems immune from the conflict’s devastation.

The Israeli military reported targeting numerous locations across the Strip, asserting the elimination of fighters in Zeitoun.

In Beit Lahiya town, a single Israeli airstrike claimed the lives of at least seven family members, underscoring the civilian toll.

Meanwhile, in Rafah, where tensions were palpable, new evacuation orders hinted at the imminent expansion of Israel’s ground offensive.

Despite international pressure and humanitarian concerns, Israel remained resolute in its plan to enter Rafah, further exacerbating the plight of over one million displaced individuals.

With vital aid crossings closed and ceasefire talks faltering, the situation grew increasingly dire. Hamas’s acceptance of a truce offer, followed by Israel’s rejection, plunged negotiations back to square one, leaving residents and humanitarian groups in despair.

In Deir Al-Balah, where masses sought shelter, funerals became a grim routine, with mourners grappling with the incomprehensible loss.

Egypt, meanwhile, distanced itself from Israel’s actions, refusing coordination on aid delivery due to what it termed an “unacceptable escalation.”

As the conflict rages on, the toll on civilians continues to mount, underscoring the urgent need for a lasting solution and humanitarian relief.

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