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Hamas set up roadblocks in Gaza to prevent residents from leaving: Israel army

The Israel Defense Forces on Saturday said that the terror group Hamas is preventing residents of the Gaza Strip from evacuating by blocking the roads. The Israeli military said that many of the Palestinians are getting stuck in traffic caused by Hamas roadblocks.

The IDF has warned Gaza residents in the northern part of the Strip to evacuate amid preparations for an expected ground incursion or a stepped-up offensive. The area is home to about 1 million people, reported The Times of Israel.

The military says it has identified hundreds of thousands of Palestinians moving south, but many are getting stuck in traffic caused by Hamas roadblocks.

The Israel Defense Forces said, “Hamas is making it difficult for the residents of the Gaza Strip to move on main roads, and prevents the passage of vehicles on these roads.”

The IDF also released a video showing heavy traffic in the Gaza Strip.

IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said in a press conference, “We see an active effort by Hamas to block and prevent the population from going south. Hamas wants to show the world that it has casualties and dead.”

“We continue to urge the residents of Gaza City, go southâ€æ Hamas wants you as human shieldsâ€æ This is for your personal safety. We are going to attack very widely in Gaza City in the near future,” Hagari added.

Israel’s military on Friday had ordered the evacuation of northern Gaza, a region that is home to 1.1 million people — about half of the territory’s population — within 24 hours.

Israel has intensified its war to destroy the Hamas group, relentlessly pounding the Gaza Strip, killing at least 2,215 people, and deploying tens of thousands of soldiers nearby ahead of an expected ground offensive.

It follows October 7’s attack by Hamas, where the terror organisation launched a wave of attacks on Israel, killing hundreds of people, in the biggest escalation in the conflict in decades. Israel has claimed roughly 1,500 Hamas militants were killed inside Israel.

Edited By:

Manisha Pandey

Published On:

Oct 15, 2023


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