The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says that an evacuation corridor for residents of northern Gaza is open again Monday.
It’s unclear how far the announcement of the corridor is known in Gaza, where there is little internet connectivity or cellular service.
Accounts from inside Gaza indicate that some civilians are afraid to leave places such as hospitals where they have taken shelter, while others are reluctant to leave their homes.
Avichay Adraee, the Arabic spokesperson for the IDF, said “the safe passage remains open today between 09:00 am and 04:00 pm (2 a.m. - 9 a.m. ET) for humanitarian purposes through Salah El-Din axis in the direction of the area south of Wadi Gaza" in a post on X.
Salah El-Din is the main north-south route through Gaza.
“For your safety, please join the hundreds of thousands of residents who have moved south in recent days,” Adraee said.
It’s unclear how many residents have moved south over the past few days. Last week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 50,000 were on the move in one day.
The IDF post on Monday added that “in light of the ongoing fighting in Al-Shati area which is controlled by the IDF forces and for the sake of all those who are unable to leave the area and move to the safe zone, the IDF calls on you to go between 10:00 am and 04:00 pm to Youssef Al-Azmeh Street and then to Salah Al-Din Street and from there to the south of Wadi Gaza.”
The IDF post said that military activity would be suspended for a six-hour period until 4 pm local time “in the city of Rafah in the area west of Salah Al-Din Street.”