Israel warns Palestinians not to return to Northern Gaza

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On the third day of an interim Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the Israel Defense Forces warned Palestinians who fled northern Gaza not to return.

A convoy of Israeli military tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs) travel along the border with Israel after they left Gaza under a temporary truce between the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Israel. ((Reuters)

Echoing the warnings given in the dropped leaflets, the IDF’s Arab spokesman, Lt. Col. Avichai Adrai, instructed Palestinians to continue moving south from Wadi Gaza. He also instructed Gazans not to attempt to return to the northern areas of the Strip, enter the sea or come within one kilometer of the Israel-Gaza border.

The temporary cease-fire agreement meant that Palestinians would not attempt to return to their homes in the northern Gaza Strip. While there does not appear to be a large-scale effort to return Palestinians, the warning has not stopped some Palestinians from returning to survey the damage or bury the dead.

A temporary four-day ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Hamas terrorist organization took effect at 7am on Friday.

As part of the deal approved by Israel’s cabinet on Wednesday, Hamas will release 12 to 13 hostages on each day of the truce. The release of each of the 10 hostages would result in an extra day of fighting.

So far, 26 Israelis and 15 foreigners have returned to Israel.

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Under the deal, the Israel Defense Forces will refrain from using surveillance drones in Gaza for six hours each day of the ceasefire. Israel will then allow oil to enter the Strip and significantly increase the amount of supplies allowed.

On Saturday, Israel’s Defense Ministry’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territory (COGAT) announced that four tankers of fuel and four tankers of cooking gas had entered Gaza from Egypt through the Rafah crossing.

At least 1,200 people were killed in Hamas attacks on Israeli communities near the Gaza border on October 7. Another 240 men, women, children and soldiers were taken hostage to Gaza. The whereabouts of some people are unknown as Israeli authorities continue to identify bodies and search for human remains.

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