News/Israel/Israel-Hamas war: Israel warns those in Gaza's north to flee

Israel's military told residents of Gaza City to relocate toward the south within 24 hours. The UN said evacuation orders from Israel could affect 1.1 million people and have devastating consequences. Follow DW for more.


Ankur Shukla| 2023-10-13 07:24:42

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Israel's military told residents of Gaza City to relocate south
  • The United Nations says $294 million is urgently needed in humanitarian aid
  • The figure for those displaced due to the conflict now stands at over 423,000, according to the UN
  • Australian police consider special search powers ahead of pro-Palestinian protest

UN to Israel: Call off Gaza evacuation

The United Nations has urged Israel to rescind its call for 1.1 million residents of northern Gaza to relocate to the south of the territory within 24 hours.

"The United Nations considers it impossible for such a movement to take place without devastating humanitarian consequences," Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, said.

He told the AFP news agency that the UN "strongly appeals for any such order, if confirmed, to be rescinded avoiding what could transform what is already a tragedy into a calamitous situation."

Dujarric said the army's evacuation order applies to all UN staff and those sheltering in UN facilities —- including schools, health centers and clinics.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is sheltering more than 60% of the 423,000 people displaced in recent days in the Gaza Strip.