February 24, 2024

The IDF released a map dividing the Gaza Strip into small alert zones to provide safety instructions to Palestinian civilians used by Hamas as human shields. “Hamas uses residents as human shields, placing headquarters and military infrastructure in residential areas, hospitals, mosques, and schools,” said the IDF. It has taken measures to avoid harming civilians and now has an interactive map to issue specific evacuation orders if needed. The map was published in Arabic and distributed in Gaza. This comes after the ceasefire ended and Hamas fired rockets into southern Israel, prompting the IDF to resume airstrikes in Gaza. Palestinian reports say the IDF dropped leaflets warning residents to evacuate certain neighborhoods. The IDF stresses that the residents of Gaza are not the enemy and urges them to obey evacuation instructions for their safety.