Israel Urges Evacuation of Specific Khan Yunis Neighborhoods

By Yoni Weiss

A flare falls over Gaza, as seen from southern Israel, Sunday. (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

On Sunday morning, Israel issued an urgent call for residents of neighborhoods of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza, to evacuate. The directive was released by Lieutenant Colonel Avichay Adraee, the Arabic spokesperson for the IDF. Leaflets were air-dropped, instructing inhabitants of Khan Yunis’s Al-Mahatta, Al-Katiba, Hamad, Al-Satar, Bani Suhaila, and Ma’an neighborhoods to relocate to designated shelters located in the Al-Fukhari, Al-Shaboura, Al-Zuhur, and Tal Al-Sultan neighborhoods.

In an effort to aid residents in identifying safe zones and ensuring secure evacuation routes, the IDF on Friday released an online interactive map, which divides the Gaza Strip into over 1,000 numbered blocks. Through this map, as well as social media announcements and leaflet distributions, individuals can ascertain the safety of their respective areas and access guidance on the safest evacuation procedures.

Khan Yunis, the second-largest city in Gaza, holds significant importance as the central hub of Gaza’s southern district. It is also acknowledged as a key territory associated with Yahya Sinwar, a leader of Hamas.

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