Israel wants 1.1 million people to leave Gaza in the next 24 hours

Israel wants 1.1 million people living in northern Gaza to leave the area in the next 24 hours, the United Nations has said.

The Israeli military has issued an alert to those living north of Wadi Gaza. It says they should relocate to the southern part of the area within the next day.

The UN says it will impact around half the population of the entire Gaza Strip. The area set to evacuate includes densly populated areas such as Gaza City, says the BBC.

The alert was issued just before midnight Gaza and Jerusalem time (11pm GMT).

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In a statement, the UN said: “The United Nations considers it impossible for such a movement to take place without devastating humanitarian consequences.”

Israel has been preparing heavy artillery and tanks on the border of the Gaza Strip. It has also been launching airstrikes on the area since Saturday, when Hamas launched a surprise attack.

It says it has dropped 6,000 bombs, weighing 4,000 tonnes, over the past six days. While the Israeli air force says it has struck more than 3,600 targets.

More than 1,400 people have been killed in Gaza during the heightened hostilities. It is thought around 338,000 people have also been forced to leave their home.

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