Large masses of people are fleeing Gaza City following warnings from the Israeli army and a lack of humanitarian aid. Satellite imagery by Maxar Technologies captured the situation on Friday, showing crowds gathering on the outskirts of the city.
The group was sighted at 11:31 a.m. local time, along Salah al Deen Road, a key evacuation route, heading south toward Al Musaddar.
The Israeli army dropped leaflets over Gaza City on Thursday, urging people to evacuate the area, potentially prompting the mass exodus. The ongoing humanitarian crisis, compounded by a fuel shortage causing a near-total communications blackout, is making the situation dire for more than 2 million people at risk of starvation in Gaza.
U.N. agencies revealed that Gaza’s 2.3 million population faces the threat of starvation and disease as critical infrastructure ceases operations due to the fuel shortage. Furthermore, around 70% of the population is consuming salinized and contaminated water, with only 10% of necessary food supplies having entered Gaza since the start of the conflict on Oct. 7.
Maxar’s satellite imagery shows a large crowd attempting to flee along the evacuation corridor, highlighting the dire situation in Gaza.
**Contributing: Christopher Cann, USA TODAY**