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Israel commits to non-targeting of 150 shelters in Gaza Strip

Israel commits to non-targeting of 150 shelters in Gaza Strip Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Israeli authorities have identified approximately 150 shelters in the Gaza Strip that will not be targeted by the IDF during its current operations in Gaza, according to Colonel Elad Goren, a representative of the Israeli military's COGAT division in Palestinian relations.

According to him, these shelters are located in addition to the al-Mawasi area, which has not been targeted by the IDF even after terrorist groups launched rockets from the supposedly safe coastal zone covering an area of 20 square kilometers.

Goren adds that these shelters are schools and other public infrastructure facilities, the coordinates of which the UN provided to Israel through a recently strengthened IDF deconfliction mechanism.

He notes that these 150 buildings will remain safe for civilians until changes occur in the IDF's operations.

In recent days, U.S. officials stated that while Israel expanded some safe zones, some Palestinians still faced attacks after seeking refuge in them.

War in Israel

On October 7, Hamas militants attacked Israel. During the assault, terrorists killed and abducted not only military personnel but also civilians. Israel was regularly shelled from the Gaza Strip. In response, Tel Aviv initiated operations against terrorists and launched active offensives in the Gaza Strip.

A temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas began on November 24. At that time, the sides agreed to a four-day ceasefire, but they decided to extend it for two more days on the condition that militants release more hostages.

On December 1, Israel resumed military actions in the Gaza Strip, stating that Hamas had violated the ceasefire terms.