Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
Israel Orders Evacuation in Southern Gaza as Crowds Try to Flee

Satellite images reveal the presence of a massive crowd of Palestinians attempting to escape from southern Gaza. Israel has issued an order for parts of the southern territory to evacuate, suggesting a potential invasion in the region following their ground attacks in the north.

According to MAXAR Technologies, satellite images released on Friday captured a group of Palestinians congregated along Salah al Deen Road in southern Gaza, utilizing an evacuation corridor. While the exact size of the crowd remains unknown, estimates by MAXAR indicate that it could include thousands of individuals. Reportedly, hundreds of people were waiting at the checkpoint to pass through.

Following their displacement from the north, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have sought refuge in the south, where the majority of the 2.3 million residents of the besieged territory are now concentrated. The United Nations’ World Food Program has warned of an imminent food and water shortage, putting the population of Gaza on the brink of starvation.

Moreover, the entire Gaza Strip experienced a blackout of phone and internet services on Thursday due to a lack of fuel, as stated by the main telecom provider. The dire situation continues to escalate, with over 11,000 Palestinians having lost their lives and an additional 2,700 reported missing during Israel’s ongoing conflict with Hamas. In retaliation, Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7, resulting in the death of more than 1,200 individuals, including 240 civilians who were held hostage.

The situation in Gaza remains critical as the crisis of displacement, limited resources, and escalating violence continues to unfold.