Tel Aviv: Israel is telling more than one million Palestinians in northern Gaza to head south for their own safety.

But Hamas is dismissing the evacuation order as a ploy and calling on people to stay in their homes.

That’s as the U-N warns that the evacuation of so many people on just 24 hours’ notice would be calamitous.

Hamas says Israel’s airstrikes have already killed 13 of the militant group’s hostages in the past day, including foreigners.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly is in Tel Aviv where she met with her counterpart Eli Cohen Israel, and spelled out Canada’s “steadfast support”.

She also interacted with Canadian evacuees who are being taken out of Israel on Canadian Armed Forces flights.  — With The Canadian Press

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