Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

Eighty-thousand people fled northern Gaza through an evacuation corridor Thursday, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement on social media.

The numbers announced by COGAT would mark a rise in evacuations compared to the previous day, when 50,000 people evacuated northern Gaza, according to Israel Defense Forces figures. CNN cannot independently verify the evacuation totals.

The IDF has opened evacuation corridors several times this week for periods of several hours — a pattern it seemed to formalize Thursday, when the White House announced Israel had agreed to continue with daily four-hour pauses of military operations in parts of northern Gaza.

An IDF spokesperson reiterated Thursday that there is no ceasefire in the territory. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that could only come with the release of all Hamas hostages.

“The fighting continues, there’s no ceasefire. We repeat that — there’s no ceasefire. We continue fighting,” Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said in a news conference.

The IDF spokesperson said he visited Gaza in a military convoy and that the evacuation corridor “is working.”

CNN

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