REACTION: Israeli government’s order for the entire population of northern Gaza to evacuate

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Responding to the Israeli government’s order for northern Gaza to evacuate, Amitabh Behar, Oxfam International Executive Director said:

“The world can see that this evacuation order is both utterly inhumane and impossible; the Israeli government must rescind it immediately. We implore the international community to use its utmost influence to intervene – there are hospitals full of patients, women, children and elderly people who cannot move. Even for those who could move, there is no food, no water and little shelter. This must be stopped.

“Oxfam staff are sending us terrifying messages; they are sheltering in their homes or displaced with their extended families, some trying to find safety in hospitals that have already been damaged by airstrikes. They are in darkness, pleading to know what is happening.  One last message received told us ‘Please pray for us, and forgive us if we don't end up making it through this tough time.’

“It is incumbent upon Israel to obey international humanitarian law; they must distinguish between military and civilian targets. We call on it to immediately recall this order and allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.”

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