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Israel Directs Evacuation of Northern Gaza Amid Rising Tensions

The Israeli military has issued an evacuation order for northern Gaza, which is home to 1.1 million people, or half the territory's population.

Israel’s military has issued an evacuation order for northern Gaza, home to 1.1 million people, constituting half of the territory’s population. 

The order was communicated to the United Nations, raising concerns of a potential ground offensive. However, Israel has not officially confirmed such a move.

Preparations for a Possible Ground Invasion:

On Thursday, the Israeli military intensified airstrikes in Gaza, indicating readiness for a potential ground invasion. It declared the ongoing blockade of Gaza, leading to a dire shortage of essential supplies. 

Israel has demanded the release of around 150 hostages taken by Hamas during a weekend incursion as a condition for easing the blockade.

Visit of Secretary of State Antony Blinken:

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Israel, along with the delivery of U.S. weapons, has supported Israel’s retaliatory actions against Hamas following the group’s attacks on civilians and soldiers. 

However, international aid organizations have warned of a deepening humanitarian crisis, with food, fuel, and medicine shortages.

Demands and Escalating Conflict:

The Israeli government has halted the delivery of necessities and electricity to Gaza and restricted the entry of supplies from Egypt, demanding the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas. Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, an Israeli military spokesman, announced that forces are preparing for a potential ground maneuver if ordered by political leaders.

Humanitarian Concerns and Escalating Tensions:

A ground offensive in the densely populated Gaza Strip would likely result in higher casualties and brutal house-to-house fighting. 

The ongoing conflict has led to significant casualties on both sides, with a rising death toll and numerous injuries. The relentless exchange of attacks continues to escalate tensions in the region.

Contrasting Claims and Ongoing Hostilities:

The situation remains complex, with differing claims regarding the conflict’s origins and ongoing developments. 

Concerns persist about the potential regional impact of the fighting, as Israeli airstrikes have reportedly affected Syrian international airports.

This structured format provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the situation in the region, including the evacuation order, preparations for a ground offensive, and the humanitarian concerns surrounding the conflict.

Get all the latest update on UAE Times Now

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