Reports surfaced of an attack on a convoy of cars traveling to southern Gaza. Shortly later, videos of the devastation at the scene emerged.
The attack occurred on Salah-al-Din Street, one of two evacuation routes from north to south Gaza, according to Verify reports.
The route was congested all day yesterday as Gazans in the north heeded Israeli threats to leave.
In the video, at least 12 dead bodies are visible, primarily women and children, some of whom look to be as young as two to five years old. The placement of shadows in the video implies that it was shot approximately 17:30 local time.
The majority are seen resting on the back of a flatbed truck, while some are spread over the road. Other wrecked automobiles clutter the area as well.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 70 individuals were murdered at the location, and Israel is to blame for the strike.
The strike on the convoy of civilians in Gaza that we’ve been telling you about comes as Gazans are being told by Israel to head south on designated routes.
The strike happened on one of those two routes.
More than a million Palestinians were told on Friday to relocate ahead of an expected Israeli ground offensive. And today, Israel has said it is giving those civilians in northern Gaza another few hours to leave.
The evacuation area includes the whole of Gaza City and two major refugee camps, Jabalia and Beach Camp.
Taken together, this represents one of the most densely populated parts of the Gaza Strip – you can see a map of the area below.
Human rights organisations have said such a mass movement of people will inevitably prove chaotic and extremely hazardous – the UN called a movement of this many people in a short time frame “impossible”.