Khan Younis residents warned to leave neighborhoods
Residents of Khan Younis neighborhoods were instructed to evacuate to IDF-designated safe areas today, as the Israeli military continued its “robust action” in the Gaza Strip.
Using a map which divides Gaza into hundreds of tiny zones, IDF Arabic spokesperson Avichay Adraee told civilians living in “Al-Mahatta, Al-Katiba, Hamad, Al-Satar, Bani Suhaila and Ma’an in Blocks 36, 54-38, 221-219” to evacuate to “well-known IDP [Internally Displaced Persons] shelters in the neighborhoods of Al-Fukhari, Al-Shaboura, Al-Zuhur, and Tal Al-Sultan.”
It was not clear how much time civilians would be allowed for evacuation prior to bombardment, or which routes would be safe for travel. Civilians in Gaza have consistently said that there is nowhere safe in the strip, where over 1.7 million people are believed to have been internally displaced. The IDF is also attempting to deliver evacuation messages to a population that does not have reliable electricity or internet connectivity.
Israel says it hits Hamas infrastructure overnight
The Israeli army said its overnight strikes targeted infrastructure belonging to Hamas in Gaza, including munitions warehouses and tunnel shafts.
Using Israeli Air Force fighter jets and helicopters, they struck “tunnel shafts, command centers and weapons storage facilities” while ground troops and drones “eliminated Hamas terrorists,” the army said in a statement. Israel’s naval troops also struck against “vessels belonging to Hamas’ naval forces” and weapons, it said.
NBC News was not able to independently verify these claims. More than 180 people have been killed in Gaza since the end of the truce between Israel and Hamas on Friday, according to Palestinian health officials.
Group of swing state Muslims vows to ditch Biden in 2024 over his war stance
CHICAGO — Muslim community leaders from several swing states pledged to withdraw support for President Joe Biden on Saturday at a conference in suburban Detroit, citing his refusal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Democrats in Michigan have warned the White House that Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war could cost him enough support within the Arab American community to sway the outcome of the 2024 presidential election.
Leaders from Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania gathered behind a lectern that read “Abandon Biden, ceasefire now” in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States.
Biden’s unwillingness to call for a ceasefire has damaged his relationship with the American Muslim community beyond repair, according to Minneapolis-based Jaylani Hussein, who helped organize the conference.
“Families and children are being wiped out with our tax dollars,” Hussein said. “What we are witnessing today is the tragedy upon tragedy.”
Israel resumes bombardment of Gaza after collapse of fragile truce
TEL AVIV — Israel’s Gaza offensive is back in full force, with Palestinians under renewed bombardment after a fragile truce with Hamas collapsed. Israel’s strikes are focusing on the south of Gaza, the same area it had told civilians to evacuate to.
After a strike in southern Gaza
Women and children react after a house was hit by bombing in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip this morning.