Hamas claims British hostage Nadav Popplewell has died as new evacuations of Rafah ordered | EUROtoday

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A British-Israeli hostage held in Gaza has died, Hamas claimed on Saturday – as Israeli forces ordered additional evacuations of the strip, forcing tens of 1000’s of Palestinians to go away their properties.

Nadav Popplewell, 51, who was taken hostage throughout the 7 October assault on Israel, died of wounds attributable to an Israeli airstrike a month in the past.

The Palestinian navy group offered no proof to help the declare, which has additionally not been verified by Israel or Mr Popplewell’s hometown of Nirim.

But the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is investigating and launched a press release by which it stated “our thoughts are with his family at this extremely distressing time”.

Yorkshire-born Mr Popplewell was captured along with his mom, who was later launched. His brother was killed within the October assault.

The report of Mr Popplewell’s dying got here on a day Israel referred to as for Palestinians in additional areas of Gaza’s southern metropolis of Rafah to evacuate and head to what it calls an expanded humanitarian space in Al-Mawasi.

People within the northern Gaza cities of Jabalia and Beit Lahiya have additionally been requested to go away their properties.

The transfer alerts an additional indication that the navy is urgent forward with its plans for a floor assault on Rafah.

In Tel Aviv, in the meantime, 1000’s of Israelis took to the streets demanding Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities does extra to safe the discharge of 132 hostages nonetheless being held in Gaza.

Tent encampments housing displaced Palestinians will be seen in Rafah within the southern Gaza Strip by the border fence with Egypt (AFP through Getty Images)

On Saturday night time, Israel’s navy spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari stated his troops continued to struggle in all elements of the Gaza Strip.

“We will continue to fight in order to create a security situation that will allow the residents of the north and the south to return home safely,” he stated in a televised message.

An aged girl and little one wait with belongings earlier than evacuating from Rafah (AFP)

Residents and displaced folks within the Jabalia space of northern Gaza are being evacuated, with Rear Admiral Hagari claiming Hamas was attempting to re-establish its management of the world.

The Palestinian Health Ministry stated no less than 37 Palestinians, 24 of them from central Gaza areas, had been killed in in a single day airstrikes on Friday throughout the enclave.

More than 1.4 million Palestinians – half of Gaza’s inhabitants – have been sheltering in Rafah, most after fleeing Israel’s offensives elsewhere.

A boy sits on the hood of a car loaded with belongings as members of a Palestinian household flee certain for Khan Yunis (AFP)

Considered the final refuge within the strip, the evacuations from Rafah are forcing folks to return north the place areas have been devastated by earlier Israeli assaults.

Some Palestinians are being despatched to what Israel has referred to as humanitarian secure zones that are already filled with about 450,000 folks in squalid circumstances. The rubbish-strewn camp lacks primary amenities.

Mohammad Mansour, 44, informed The Independent: “We are leaving the place to escape death, a human tragedy that is renewed once again, in search of a safe area.

“A million and a half people are wandering around, carrying whatever food they can find.

“We don’t know where to go. All places are affected by the Israeli flames. The areas that the occupation claims are safe do not have any human services.

A woman wipes away tears before evacuating from Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (AFP via Getty Images)

“There is no food there. Here in the Gaza Strip, death threatens everyone. Death besieges those who stay and those who flee. Even people don’t have the money to move.

“There is a big lack of food. There is no drinkable water. Health services are suspended.”

Israel has now evacuated the japanese third of Rafah, and Rear Admiral Hagari stated dozens of militants had been killed there as “targeted operations continued”.

Displaced Palestinians put together to go away with their belongings (EPA)

Israeli forces have captured the Gaza aspect of the Rafah crossing with Egypt, forcing it to close down.

“Do we wait until we all die on top of each other? So we’ve decided to leave. It’s better,” stated Rafah resident Hanan al-Satari as folks rushed to load mattresses, water tanks and different belongings onto autos.

“The Israeli army does not have a safe area in Gaza. They target everything,” stated Abu Yusuf al-Deiri, who was earlier displaced from Gaza City.

The United Nations has warned the deliberate full-scale Rafah invasion would additional cripple humanitarian operations and trigger a surge in civilian casualties.

Palestinians arrive to Khan Younis after leaving Rafah following an evacuation order issued by the Israeli military (EPA)

The order comes within the face of heavy worldwide opposition and criticism.

US president Joe Biden has already stated he is not going to present offensive weapons to Israel for Rafah, and Washington stated there was “reasonable” proof that Israel had breached worldwide regulation defending civilians in the way in which it performed its struggle in opposition to Hamas – the strongest assertion the Biden administration has made on the matter.

On Saturday, German chancellor Olaf Scholz stated a floor assault on Rafah by Israel could be irresponsible and lead to an enormous lack of civilian lives.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/hamas-rafah-nadav-popplewell-israel-hostages-b2543511.html