IDF authorizes humanitarian window in Gaza fighting

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces authorized a four-hour humanitarian window in fighting in Gaza.

The window between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. “will not apply to the areas in which IDF soldiers are currently operating,” the IDF said in a statement. The IDF also warned Gazan civilians to not return to their homes in areas they have been asked to evacuate,

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“The IDF will respond to any attempt to exploit this window to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers,” the statement said.

Following the start of the humanitarian window, several volleys of rockets were fired from Gaza toward southern Israel.

The IDF said in a second statement that it detonated three tunnel routes on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning

The Israel Air Force also overnight targeted five mosques discovered to be hiding weapons and housing tunnel access shafts.

“IDF forces are continuing with the efforts to degrade the tunnel network in Gaza, eliminate rocket-launching capabilities, and demolish terror elements operating from within the Gaza Strip, in order to guarantee security and safety to Israeli civilians,” the IDF said in the statement.

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