Israeli Forces Reopen Gaza Evac Path As Battle Rages

On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said they had reopened a passage for residents of northern Gaza to evacuate to the south.

The Israeli Defense Forces have often said that they want the people of Gaza City to leave. They made this claim in an X post that purported to show pedestrians exiting by walking along the street. Israel has stated that the “people of Gaza are not our enemies.”

This comes when Israeli forces have encircled Gaza City, the Strip’s administrative center.

According to Israeli news outlets, boots on the ground in the capital might begin as soon as Monday or Tuesday. Hamas operatives, ready to fight street fights using their vast tunnel network, are what they may expect to meet.

A total of 450 targets, including tunnels, military installations, and anti-tank missile launch positions, were reportedly hit by IDF aircraft overnight, as reported on Monday morning.

On Monday morning, a top Hamas militant was reportedly killed after troops gained possession of a Hamas compound.

Over 1,400 people have been killed in Israel, the majority of them in the initial Hamas onslaught on October 7. Since the ground offensive in Gaza began over a week ago, 30 IDF forces have been killed. At least 242 Israeli citizens have been taken captive in Gaza as of Monday morning.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health estimates that more than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed within the Gaza Strip due to the conflict.

On this Monday, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians remain in Gaza City and other northern towns, where the situation is still extremely dangerous.

The lone power plant in Gaza is still broken; therefore, food, medicine, water, and fuel for generators that power hospitals are in short supply.

Israel has allowed supplies for civilians caught in the crossfire to enter the country. They have not authorized fuel imports, however, since they are afraid Hamas may utilize it for military purposes.