The Israeli army asked civilians in the central Gaza Strip town to evacuate to the south before this force expanded the scale of its attack.
Lieutenant Colonel Avichay Adraee, Arabic spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), on December 22, announced a map of the area needing evacuation in the central Gaza Strip, including the al-Bureij Camp area and other areas.
“For their own safety, everyone must immediately move to a shelter in Deir Al-Balah city,” Lieutenant Colonel Adraee said.
However, because the main highway in the Gaza Strip is a war zone, the IDF warned civilians not to travel in this direction and pledged to facilitate their movement along the route along the west coast.
In addition, the IDF plans to “tactically suspend military operations” in the western area of Rafah city, southern Gaza Strip, for 4 hours “for humanitarian purposes.”
Some civilians in al-Bureij said Israeli tanks had shelled the eastern area of the town. The IDF has previously engaged Hamas members on the outskirts of al-Bureij but has not advanced deeper into the area.
The IDF announcement is considered to signal a new ground attack by this force, while the United Nations Security Council is about to vote on a resolution to increase humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip to prevent the risk of famine.
Fighting in the Gaza Strip left more than 20,000 people dead and more than 53,300 injured. The number of casualties in Israel’s retaliation campaign caused the country to face many criticisms, including from its ally, the United States.
The IDF expressed regret over civilian casualties but attributed this to Hamas operating in densely populated areas or using civilians as human shields. Hamas has repeatedly denied Israel’s accusations.