IDF clarifies that it was not telling Gaza residents to flee to Egypt | The Times of Israel

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel’s military correspondent.

After a senior military spokesman advised Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to flee to Egypt, the Israel Defense Forces issues a clarification.

“In recent days, the IDF has been instructing the population inside of the Gaza Strip to distance themselves from designated areas. We emphasize that there is no official call by Israel for residents of the Gaza Strip to exit into Egypt,” the IDF says in an English-language statement.

Earlier today, the IDF’s international media spokesman Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, advised Palestinians to leave the Gaza Strip for Egypt amid the ongoing war with the Hamas terror group.

“Rafah crossing is still open. Anyone who can get out, I would advise them to get out,” he said.

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