There appears to be no let up in the fighting in southern Gaza as Israeli
forces continue to warn residents about their operations targeting Hamas
south of the Strip – especially in the Khan Younis area where Israel says
it believes Hamas leaders are hiding.
Khan Younis was the focus of fierce fighting yesterday and “urgent
instructions” given to civilians today suggest that will continue,
according to IDF spokesman for the Arabic media, Avichay Adraee.
The IDF has said it will not allow civilians to use the Salah al-Din road –
the main road crossing the length of Gaza used as an evacuation route
from northern Gaza.
The road is a “battlefield” and “extremely dangerous” to reach, Adraee
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Despite the warnings, mass casualties have meant the main hospital in
southern Gaza has become overwhelmed – medics say wards are
desperately overcrowded with patients stretched out on bloodstained
The scale of the fighting means 600,000 people are under evacuation
orders in southern Gaza, according to the UN.