When asked by a journalist about Israel’s warning to residents of the Gaza Strip to evacuate within 24 hours, Shapps replied that what was important was that Israel had given advance notice.
“It’s good that they provided information in advance. Hamas certainly didn’t do that before they started killing people,” Shapps said.
He added that the details of Israel’s plans are unknown and that the US President Joe Biden made clear that Israel must comply with international law.
The minister also said he had ordered the deployment of the navy and air force to monitor and strengthen the “deterrent.”
“The UK will try to do its part to keep this from spreading,” Shapps said.
Today, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that all residents of the northern Gaza Strip (approximately 1.1 million people) must evacuate to the southern Gaza Strip within 24 hours “for their own safety.” Hamas called on locals “not to go anywhere.”
The White House believes that the IDF evacuation order is “almost impossible to implement,” but such a warning was necessary.
On October 9, the Israeli Defense Forces began a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, in particular, the supply of electricity was stopped until the return of all hostages captured by Hamas militants. At the same time, air strikes are carried out on the targets of the terrorist group.
- On October 7, 2023, Hamas carried out its biggest attack on Israel in years, with militants crossing the border at the same time as a heavy rocket attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip. Hamas called the invasion the Al-Aqsa Flood.
- The Israel Defense Forces said it launched Operation Iron Swords in response.
- On October 8, the Israeli government officially declared a state of war.
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