“Hamas continues to use the civilians of Gaza as human shields, not allowing them to evacuate.”
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have released an audio of a Gazan man telling an officer that Hamas is blocking civilians from fleeing the northern Gaza strip and shooting at people attempting to heed Israel’s warnings to evacuate.
Recall that the IDF repeatedly urged Gaza civilians to move to the south of the Gaza Strip as it prepared for a ground assault to eradicate Hamas following the group’s Oct. 7th attack on Israeli civilian communities that left over 1,400 persons dead, and another 230 seized as hostages.
In an audio recording released by the IDF on X Thursday, an officer in the Military Intelligence Directorate’s Unit 504 is heard speaking to a Gazan civilian, instructing the man to evacuate for his safety.
The IDF officer urged the man to move toward Khan Yunis, a city in the southern Gaza Strip. The man said that Hamas is blocking the roads and sending people back home. The man also said that Hamas is shooting at people who are attempting to leave the area, Christian Post reports.
“Hamas continues to use the civilians of Gaza as human shields, not allowing them to evacuate,” the IDF stated in its tweet.