The Israeli Ministry of Defense and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have issued an urgent warning to the United Nations, according to a report by Axios. The UN was notified just before midnight to evacuate its staff and inform Palestinians living north of Wadi Gaza to move to the southern part of the Gaza Strip within the next 24 hours. This sudden warning from Israeli authorities may indicate an imminent ground operation by the IDF.
The IDF’s rationale behind the urgent notification is to minimize civilian casualties during their military operations. According to IDF sources, Hamas deliberately hides military targets in residential buildings and civilian areas. They also accuse Hamas of using children as human shields and using schools and hospitals to hide terror tunnels. The Israeli military has been carrying out heavy airstrikes in Gaza since Hamas terrorists attacked Israel last Saturday, and a complete siege has been imposed on the enclave, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians.
Stéphane Dujarric, the UN spokesperson, confirmed the evacuation order and expressed concern about the humanitarian consequences of such a movement. He appealed for the order to be rescinded, warning that it could transform an already tragic situation into a calamitous one. However, the IDF announcement sent to civilians of Gaza City emphasizes the need for evacuation due to the presence of Hamas terrorists hiding in the area.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark warning to Hamas terrorists, vowing to use all the strength of the IDF to destroy Hamas’s capabilities. He described Hamas as an enemy that murders children and mothers in their homes and abducts the elderly, children, and young women. Netanyahu assured the Israeli public that the entire government supports this decision and that the IDF would immediately use all its strength to destroy Hamas.
In a direct message to the residents of Gaza, the Prime Minister urged them to leave now because Israel would operate forcefully everywhere. He revealed that the IDF is already clearing the terrorists out of the last communities, going community by community and house by house to restore Israeli control.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced a complete siege on Gaza on Monday, including a ban on the admission of food, water, electricity, and fuel. This move is seen as Israel’s retaliation against Hamas following their largest attack on the country in decades. In response, the IDF has initiated “Operation Swords of Iron” to strike back at Hamas and protect Israeli citizens. This operation involves a coordinated effort between various branches of the IDF, including ground, air, and naval forces.
As tensions escalate in the region, the international community watches closely, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The evacuation order issued by the IDF indicates the potential for further military action in Gaza, which raises concerns about the safety and wellbeing of innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. Efforts to minimize civilian casualties must be prioritized to prevent further loss of life and suffering in the region.