After the attacks that Hamas started two days ago, Israel is forcing 2 million Palestinians living in Gaza, the most densely populated city in the world, for a new population concentration, reports Anadolu.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his address to the nation hours after the surprise “Aqsa Storm” operation that Hamas launched on Saturday, called on residents of the besieged Gaza Strip to “leave the region” and said they would turn into ruins all the regions where Hamas is located.
After Netanyahu, a statement was also issued by the Israeli army after the Israeli army spokesman, Avichay Adraee, from the social media platform X, called for residents to leave their areas because Hamas activities in residential areas put the Israel Defense Forces Israel (IDF) in a difficult situation.
Adraee stressed that the residents of Al-Mekusi area, Beit Hanoun and the eastern part of the Shuja’iyya neighborhood should go to the center of Gaza City, those in the northern part to the east of El-Bireyc and to the south and east of El-Maghazi to go to the shelters in the camps located in the center of Gaza City, those in the Greater Abasan and Little Abasan regions in the center of Khan Younis city, while those in Rafa to the shelters in the center of Rafa city.
According to this, in the most densely populated Gaza Strip in the world, the population must gather from their current location to the most populated points of the coastline and try to live there.
Millions of people trapped under the blockade
The 360-square-kilometer Gaza Strip, located on the Mediterranean coast west of Palestine, has only an 11-kilometer border with Egypt, in addition to the 40-kilometer-long Mediterranean coast and regions under Israeli control.
Israel, which has been calling on residents of Gaza, under blockade since 2006, to leave the area, does not allow Gazans to cross from areas under its control to other areas, and forces them to a new population concentration.
The people of Gaza’s only link to the world is the Rafah border crossing on its border with Egypt.
The Palestinian activist, Musa Hijazi, speaking to Anadolu regarding the matter, recalled that Egypt is the only exit from Gaza and that the Cairo government has closed the tunnels opened in the past from Gaza to Egypt.
“The region was cleared by carrying out very serious works. In the worst case scenario, after a heavy bombardment by Israel, Egypt may open its borders for the population to cross into Egypt,” Hijazi said.
Stressing that Israel cannot enter the city due to the density of the population in Gaza, Hijazi said that, “If a large part of civilians cross into Gaza, the ground is emptied, only the fighters remain and the way is opened for Israel to enter in Gaza. For this reason, the people in Gaza will resist and will not come out.”
“You cannot gather in the centers a population of more than 2 million inhabitants”
Likewise, the Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Abu Taqiya, who explains the situation in Gaza, states that, “Gaza is a city in an open area that has a coast on the Mediterranean. It is the most dense city in the world in terms of population per area .Gaza consists of five cities and within it there are 50 refugee camps”.
“You cannot gather in centers a population that exceeds over 2 million inhabitants, it cannot be gathered in concentration (gathering) centers in any way,” Taqiya explains, stressing that the only way to do this is to cause a “Nakba” to be experienced. “You’re as young as 1948.
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