The Israeli military says around 50,000 civilians fled northern Gaza for the south of the Palestinian territory on Wednesday, amid ongoing fighting between Hamas militants and Israeli troops.
"We saw today how 50,000 Gazans moved from northern Gaza to southern Gaza," said army spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari. "They're leaving because they understand that Hamas lost control in the north, and in the south it's safer."
"Hamas has lost control and is continuing to lose control in the north," Hagari said.
He added that there would be no cease-fire with Hamas militants, but that Israel has been allowing for humanitarian pauses at specific times to allow for residents to relocate south.