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Israel has faced calls from UN and US officials to prevent a repeat of the devastating impact its operations in northern Gaza had on civilians, as the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) expanded its ground offensive against Hamas further south to the city of Khan Younis.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza (UNRWA), expressed concern that the expansion of military operations in southern Gaza was “repeating horrors from past weeks” by displacing people who had already been displaced. He highlighted the overcrowding of hospitals and the stranglehold on the humanitarian operation due to limited supplies.

Lynn Hastings, the lead UN official for the Palestinian territories, emphasized that Israel’s push into the south had forced tens of thousands of people into increasingly compressed spaces, leaving them desperate for food, water, shelter, and safety. She warned that nowhere is safe in Gaza and there is nowhere left to go, potentially leading to an even more hellish scenario where humanitarian operations may not be able to respond effectively.

On Monday, Israel ordered the evacuation of parts of Khan Younis, advising Palestinians to head further south to Rafah, as Israeli tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and bulldozers entered the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis. Witnesses reported Israeli military vehicles firing bullets and tank shells at cars and people attempting to move through the area.

Israel claims that Khan Younis is a Hamas stronghold and where its top commanders are believed to be hiding. The city is currently sheltering hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians who fled from fighting in the north. According to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA, approximately 1.8 million people in Gaza, roughly 75% of the population, have been displaced.

The evacuation order for parts of Khan Younis has created panic, fear, and anxiety, according to Lazzarini. It has forced an additional 60,000 people into overcrowded UNRWA shelters. Lazzarini urgently called on Israel to open more crossings to facilitate the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance.

US officials have also expressed concern about civilian casualties and mass displacement. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller emphasized that the US expects Israel to comply with international humanitarian law and take measures to minimize civilian harm. US national security adviser Jake Sullivan stated that the US had discussed with Israel how long the conflict with Hamas should continue but did not disclose the timeline.

The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, appealed to Israel to avoid actions that would worsen the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. He expressed extreme alarm over the resumption of hostilities between Israel and Hamas, highlighting the lack of safe places for people ordered to evacuate and the limited resources available for survival.

Israeli tanks have cut off the main north-south route in Gaza, and the Israeli military has declared it a battlefield, shutting down the central road out of Khan Younis. While Israel aims to limit civilian casualties, a senior Israeli official acknowledged that they cannot be ruled out entirely when confronting evil.

Medical Aid for Palestinians NGO representative Mohammed Aghaalkurdi described the dire situation in Khan Younis, where aid delivery is scarce, shops are running out of food, and people are resorting to bartering for basic necessities.

Israel is facing mounting diplomatic pressure to prevent civilian deaths in its military operation in Gaza. On Monday, an airstrike on two schools sheltering displaced families in northern Gaza reportedly killed at least 50 people, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas began after a cross-border attack on border towns, kibbutzim, and a music festival. Israeli tallies claim that 1,200 people were killed, and 240 hostages were seized by militants in the deadliest single day in Israel’s history.

The Hamas-run Palestinian health ministry reports that nearly 16,000 Palestinians have been killed in retaliatory attacks, with around 70% of the victims being women and children. Thousands more are feared missing and buried under rubble, with approximately 900 killed since the truce ended on Friday.

With the situation deteriorating rapidly, international attention remains focused on Israel’s actions and the urgent need for a resolution to prevent further loss of civilian lives and worsening of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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