Gaza StripGaza Strip mapOct. 15, 2023 (Washington Post) -- Hundreds of thousands of people in northern Gaza are fleeing in buses, in cars and on foot, crowding onto narrow roads leading south after Israel’s evacuation warning.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Israel Monday as the country prepares to launch an invasion into Hamas-controlled Gaza by air, land and sea, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said Sunday. Once back in Israel, Blinken will consult with officials on the latest developments, Miller said.

The Israeli military said it is preparing a “wide range” of offensive plans “for the next stages of the war, with an emphasis on significant ground operations,” though it has not provided a concrete indication of when an assault would start.