The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that forcing Gaza residents to move within a very limited area is a flagrant violation of international laws.
This came in a statement issued by the ministry in response to the Israeli army’s request to residents of Gaza in the northern Strip to evacuate their homes and head south.
The statement added: “The Israeli army’s request from the residents of northern Gaza to move to its south within 24 hours cannot be accepted in any way.”
It continued, “Forcing the 2.5 million residents of Gaza, who have been subjected to indiscriminate bombing for days and have been collectively deprived of electricity, water, and food, to flee within a very limited area is a flagrant violation of international laws and an inhumane act.”
The statement expressed its expectation that Israel would “immediately retract this grave mistake and immediately end its brutal and comprehensive actions” against the civilian population in Gaza.
On Friday, the Israeli army called on the residents of Gaza City to evacuate their homes and head south, “for their personal safety,” It said.
The army said in a statement published on its account on the “X” platform: “We call on all residents of Gaza City to evacuate their homes and go south to protect them and remain in the area south of Wadi Gaza, as shown on the map.”
At dawn today, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said that Israel informed the international organization of the necessity of evacuating the northern Gaza Strip within 24 hours.
Dujarric added that about 1.1 million people live in the northern Gaza Strip, adding that “the United Nations demands the cancellation of any such order to avoid a catastrophic situation.”
For the seventh day, the Gaza Strip, which has been besieged since 2006, has been subjected to intense Israeli air strikes that destroyed entire neighborhoods and left thousands of dead and wounded Palestinian civilians.
At dawn on Saturday, Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza launched Operation “Al-Aqsa Flood” in response to “the continuing attacks by Israeli forces and settlers against the Palestinian people, their property and sanctities, especially Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.”
On the other hand, the Israeli army launched Operation Iron Swords and continues to launch intensive raids on many areas in the Gaza Strip, which is inhabited by more than two million Palestinians who suffer from deteriorating living conditions as a result of an ongoing Israeli siege since 2006.