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Thursday marks the sixth day since the start of the Israel–Hamas war that began on Oct. 7—the same day Jews celebrated their holiday Simchat Torah or “the joy of Torah.” See our live updates for Oct. 13 here.
Updates from Oct. 12:
Israeli Military Warns 1.1 Million Gaza Residents to Relocate South: UN
Israel’s military informed the United Nations early on Friday that the 1.1 million Palestinians in Gaza should relocate to the enclave’s south within the next 24 hours, a U.N spokesman said, in what Palestinians fear could be a precursor to a planned Israeli ground offensive.
The Israeli military did not immediately provide comment on the warning, which came as Israel amassed tanks near the Gaza border and pounded the Palestinian enclave with air strikes following a deadly Hamas militant attack in Israel.
“The United Nations considers it impossible for such a movement to take place without devastating humanitarian consequences,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.