(ReliableNews.org) – The Israeli government is taking heat from some critics over its evacuation order in Gaza. Approximately 1 million Palestinians were told to leave the northern part of the territory. President Joe Biden’s administration has now commented on the orders.
On October 13, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) posted the evacuation orders on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. The military stated that Hamas terrorists were hiding in Gaza City, inside homes, and in tunnels located under the city. The IDF told all residents in and around the city to evacuate to the south.
IDF announcement sent to civilians of Gaza City:
The IDF calls for the evacuation of all civilians of Gaza City from their homes southwards for their own safety and protection and move to the area south of the Wadi Gaza, as shown on the map.
The Hamas terrorist organization…
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 13, 2023
The Israeli military was preparing for a ground war in the area. They said they would try to spare the lives of innocent civilians, but it was better if residents followed the evacuation order to ensure they wouldn’t be used as “human shields.”
In addition to the warnings on social media, Israel has dropped leaflets over Gaza City to warn residents of the impending ground war. They have also broadcast the warning in the city. Hamas is accused of preventing civilians from leaving the area.
John Kirby, the spokesman for the White House National Security Council, commented on the evacuation during a CNN interview. He said the US “support[s] safe passage out of Gaza.” He said the administration believes in giving the residents more time to leave the area.
Kirby explained that the US doesn’t want to “see civilians hurt,” he said the White House wouldn’t be doing a lot of “armchair quarterbacking.”
Gaza is currently shut off from the rest of the world. Israel is not letting any food or humanitarian aid into the strip, they’ve also shut utilities off. Critics are warning a ground war in the area could be a “bloodbath.”
Hamas militants killed more than 1,000 Israelis after a surprise attack on October 7. Gunmen hunted innocent people at a music festival and murdered them, killing at least 260. They also massacred more than two dozen Americans.
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