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‘Do not fall for it, remain steadfast’: Hamas to Palestinians after Israel’s evacuation warning

Israeli troopers stand on a tank after sundown as an artillery unit gathers close to Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, in southern Israel, October 12, 2023. Reuters

After the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) warned Palestinians in Northern Gaza to evacuate the area inside 24 hours, Hamas has requested residents to remain put and “not fall for the evacuation warning.”

The Hamas Authority for Refugee Affairs has requested Palestinians dwelling north of Wadi Gaza to “remain steadfast in your homes and to stand firm in the face of this disgusting psychological war waged by the occupation.”

In an announcement posted on its web site, Hamas referred to as Israel “delusional” for pondering individuals would flee the area after their warning.

“Scenes of migration and displacement are a thing of the past and won’t be repeated, except with the victorious return of our people to our occupied land,” the fear group stated.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) notified the UN at midnight on Friday that the whole Palestinian inhabitants north of Wadi Gaza ought to relocate to Southern Gaza inside 24 hours.

A UN spokesperson stated the warning was delivered to group leaders of the UN Workplace of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN’s Division of Security and Safety in Gaza by their liaison officers within the IDF.

The warning indicated that the IDF is perhaps getting ready to launch a floor invasion after six days of aerial assault in response to a shock and unprecedented Hamas onslaught on Saturday (October 7).

‘We will stay’

Refaat Alareer, a Palestinian educational and author primarily based in Gaza, stated on X, “We are staying. Some families left to other areas also bombed by Israel. If we are bombed anyway, many believe we must stay wherever we are but also to prevent another Nakba [displacement] of native Palestinians.”

In 1948, a large-scale displacement of Palestinians occurred when Israel was fashioned right into a nation.

The top of Hamas’s political and worldwide relations bureau, equally, stated that Palestinians dwelling in Gaza is not going to go away their homeland regardless of Israel’s warning.

“We have two options: To defeat this occupation or to die in our homes,” Basem Naim informed Al Jazeera.

“We are not going to leave. We are not ready to repeat the Nakba again,” he added.

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