No place safe in Gaza as Israel steps up attacks; school, refugee camp hit

Telecom services shut in northern Gaza, says report

Israel Hamas war Palestinians fleeing north Gaza move southward as Israeli tanks roll deeper into the enclave, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in the central Gaza Strip | Reuters

Amid Israeli evacuation warnings, people are running out of ‘safe places’ in Gaza to resort to. Since the truce ended, nearly 300 people have been killed in Gaza as Israeli strikes intensify in the enclave.

According to the Israel military, "ground troops are continuing to operate in the Gaza Strip in parallel to Israeli airforce strikes on approximately 200 Hamas terror targets."

The official Palestinian WAFA news agency said at least 50 people were killed in an Israeli air strike that hit two schools sheltering displaced people in Daraj neighbourhood in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Though people are told to flee, there is no ‘safe place’ left in Gaza for people to stay. Bombardments accompany any region to which the civilians are told to move sparing no refugee camps, schools and hospitals.

There were also reports that all telecom services in Gaza city and north Gaza Strip have been cut.

“We regret to announce that all telecom services (landline, cellular and internet) in Gaza City and north Gaza Strip have been lost due to the disconnection of main elements of our network in light of the ongoing aggression. Our technical teams are working relentlessly by all available means to restore the services," read a statement from PalTel telecomms company.

Also, as Israel plans to target Hamas leaders scattered across the world, Turkey has warned of “serious consequences” if it tries to hunt down Hamas leaders outside Palestinian territories, including in Turkey.

"Necessary warnings were made to the interlocutors based on the news of Israeli officials' statements, and it was expressed to Israel that (such an act) would have serious consequences,” the official said.

Earlier it was reported that Israel has laid out a plan to 'hunt and kill' Hamas leaders across the world especially in Lebanon, Qatar and Turkey.

Amid the intensifying attacks, Israel's military posted a map on social media platform X on Monday morning with around a quarter of the city of Khan Younis marked off in yellow as territory that must be evacuated. Though arrows were pointed south and west, telling people to head towards the Mediterranean coast and Rafah, near the Egyptian border, most of the areas came under Israeli fire.

The head of the United Nations agency in Gaza (UNWRA), Thomas White, said people there were themselves being forced to flee."People are pleading for advice on where to find safety. We have nothing to tell them," he said on X.

Meanwhile, the commander of Israel's armoured corps, Brigadier-General Hisham Ibrahim, told Army Radio the military had almost achieved its goals in northern Gaza."We are beginning to expand the ground manoeuvre to other parts of the Strip, with one goal: to topple the Hamas terrorist group," he said.

(With agencies inputs)

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