A statement issued Friday morning by Israel orders the evacuation of 1.1 million Gazans to the south of the territory in the next 24 hours.
On the morning of the 7th day of Israeli bombings on Gaza, the human toll was catastrophic: nearly 1,800 Palestinian deaths, including more than 447 children, were counted according to the latest report from local authorities published today; a number of displaced people having now reached 423,000, of whom more than 270,000 have had to seek refuge in UNRWA buildings, where access to food, water, care and support has been possible. be guaranteed to them, indicates the latest press release from UNRWA.
While Gaza is still subject to the total Israeli blockade depriving Gazans of water, electricity, food and oil, this Friday morning at dawn, Israel ordered via a press release the evacuation of all residents. Gazan civilians – more than 1.1 million people, or half of the population of the Gaza Strip – towards the south of the territory, in the next 24 hours “for their own security and protection”. The statement orders Gazans to leave their homes to go south of the Wadi Gaza river, and tells them that they “will only be allowed to return to Gaza City when a another announcement allowing this will be made. »
A mass displacement of such magnitude in 24 hours is unimaginable and leaves no doubt about the additional human disasters it will cause. It is a death sentence that the Israeli forces have just sent with this press release to the entire the population of Gaza. The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations officials have called on Israel to reverse its evacuation order, saying forcing vulnerable patients to evacuate Gaza hospitals amounted to a “death sentence”.
As Israel announces its plan to empty Gaza of Gazans and ultimately orchestrate the ethnic cleansing of the Strip, the rest of the world watches in silence.
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— Jehad Abusalim جهاد أبو سليم (@JehadAbusalim) October 13, 2023
After the terror caused by the announcement, residents of Gaza began to leave, leaving their homes towards the south, for an indefinite period and without really knowing where to go. Others refuse to give in and leave under Israeli pressure, once again.
In the deafening silence of our representatives regarding the massacres of civilians in Gaza since last Saturday, organizations are trying to make Gazan distress heard through calls for international solidarity and ceasefires. Al-Haq launches an urgent appeal to UN special procedures and the Commission of Inquiry into Israel’s all-out war against the civilian population of Gaza, urging decision-makers to convene an emergency session to impose a cease-fire fire and ensure the protection of civilians and force Israel, the occupying Power, to authorize emergency humanitarian aid.
FIDH, Médecins Sans Frontières and UNRWA – among others – also call for increased protection of Gazan civilians and a de-escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip.
We call on all European governments to request an emergency session of the UN to demand a complete end to the coming massacre in Gaza and to ensure that UN conventions are fully implemented, in order to prevent the orchestrating more war crimes and protecting Gazan civilians from Israeli violence.
Palestine Media Agency