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Israel orders the evacuation of residents of the largest city in the southern Gaza Strip

Israel orders the evacuation of residents of the largest city in the southern Gaza Strip

Israel on Wednesday ordered the evacuation of a large area in the town of Khan Yunis, the largest in the southern Gaza Strip, where many Palestinians displaced by the conflict have taken refuge, according to a UN report.

The Israeli military ordered the “immediate evacuation” of an area “covering approximately 20%” of the city of Khan Yunis, this document published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) indicates.

OCHA points out that “the scale of displacement resulting from the evacuation order is not clear.”

According to the organization, the area was home to more than 111,000 residents before the Israeli attack began two months ago, and is now home to about 141,000 Palestinians who have taken refuge in 32 camps fleeing the fighting.

The Israeli army indicated on Monday that it was intensifying its operations in Khan Yunis.

Since the beginning of the conflict, sparked by an unprecedented deadly attack by Hamas on Israeli territory on October 7, the Israeli military has issued evacuation orders for civilians before carrying out strikes in Gaza.

This was posted on a map on social media, according to OCHA.

But the Palestinian territories have been suffering from power outages since Israel cut off electricity and fuel supplies, complicating the use of electronic devices.

About 20,000 people, most of them women and children, have died in Gaza since the start of the Israeli army attack, according to Hamas.

This attack comes in response to the unprecedented attack carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Movement on October 7, which left about 1,140 people dead on Israeli territory. About 250 people were also taken hostage, 129 of whom are still being held in Gaza, according to Israel.

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