Almost a week after Palestinian terrorists launched one of the biggest attacks on Israel in years from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military warned on Friday that residents of northern Gaza should relocate to the southern half of the territory within 24 hours.
The demand has fueled speculation that Israel, which has been amassing soldiers on the border with Gaza, is preparing a ground invasion of the territory. Already, more than 400,000 Palestinians have been displaced since the war began. The United Nations pleaded on Friday for Israel to rescind the forced relocation order.
Israel has been pounding Gaza with retaliatory strikes since Oct. 7, when Hamas, the group that controls Gaza, staged a devastating attack on communities in the central and southern parts of the country. Some 1,300 Israelis have died, and about 150 civilians and soldiers have been taken hostage. Israeli officials have pledged to destroy Hamas.
The scale of the horror unleashed on towns and villages near Gaza became clear as the week unfolded.
Here are images from Hamas’s attacks and their aftermath, and Israel’s response.
This gallery contains graphic images.
Israeli soldiers escort residents to pick up their belongings inside the Be’eri kibbutz, which was overrun by Hamas militants.
Palestinians transferring the bodies of relatives killed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Palestinians fleeing to safer areas in Gaza City after Israeli airstrikes.
People searching and surveying the rubble of a building that was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
The inside of a home devastated when the Be’eri kibbutz in Israel was attacked.
The bodies of Israelis killed in the attacks by Hamas awaiting identification at an Israel Defense Forces base in Ramla, Israel.
Palestinian worshipers praying outside Jerusalem’s Old City as Israeli forces stand guard.
A stroller abandoned near an intersection in Sderot, a city in southern Israel that was attacked on Saturday by at least two pickups carrying armed men and a mounted machine gun.
An injured man arriving at Al Shifa Hospital in central Gaza after Israeli warplanes bombed the Shati camp, northwest of Gaza City.
Volunteers making wreaths for bereaved families in Moshav Zeitan, Israel.
Police officers in Sderot searching the impact site of a rocket fired from Gaza.
Families in Khan Younis leaving their home to seek shelter after an airstrike hit a house next door.
Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system intercepting rockets launched from the Gaza Strip.
Mourning in Khan Younis for multiple members of the al-Bushaiti family who were killed in an overnight Israeli airstrike.
The site of the Nova Festival, an outdoor event about three miles from the Gaza border, where Palestinian gunmen killed more than 100 people on Saturday.
Palestinians looking for survivors in a house destroyed by Israeli airstrikes overnight in Khan Younis.
A woman grieving over the bodies of three relatives killed in airstrikes in Gaza City.
An Israeli army self-propelled howitzer firing near the border with Gaza.
The funeral in Gan Haim, central Israel, of May Naim, 24, who was among those killed at the Nova Festival.
A child carrying belongings from his family’s house, which was damaged in an Israeli airstrike, in Khan Younis.
Funerals of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes in Khan Younis.
Surveying the damage in the Al-Rimal neighborhood of Gaza after Israeli strikes.
An injured girl outside Al Shifa Hospital in central Gaza.
Israeli soldiers near the body of a Hamas gunman in the village of Kfar Azza. Journalists with The New York Times who traveled to the village saw bodies on pathways and lawns, and in houses and other locations.
Family and friends of the paramedic Amit Man, 22, beside her grave in Netivot, Israel.
A salvo of rockets fired from Gaza.
Israeli soldiers with the bodies of Israeli civilians near the border with Gaza.
Carrying an injured child outside Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza.
Residents of Kfar Azza who were evacuated from their homes after gunmen broke into their kibbutz.
Israeli soldiers patrolling in Kfar Azza.
Palestinian journalists mourning their colleagues Saeed Al-Taweel and Muhammad Sobh, who were killed while photographing a strike on Gaza City.
Emergency responders bringing wounded children to Al Shifa Hospital.
The funeral in Tzur Shalom cemetery of Noa Englander, who was killed in the attack on the Nova Festival.
The seaport of Gaza City after Israeli strikes.
Israelis taking cover in a shelter in Ashkelon, about 10 miles north of the Gaza Strip, as a siren warns of incoming rockets.
A tourist group from Italy whose original departure was canceled awaiting another flight at Ben Gurion Airport, outside Tel Aviv.
Destruction around the Ahmed Yassin Mosque, which was bombed in Israeli airstrikes, in Gaza City.
A mother and father carrying their daughter, who was wounded inside a school in downtown Gaza City by an Israeli airstrike, into Al Shifa Hospital.
The funeral of an Israeli soldier, Yuval Ben Yaakov, in the cemetery in Kfar Menahem.
Israeli forces in a cotton field near Kfar Menahem.
Hiding under the stairs after their house was destroyed when Israeli warplanes bombed the Western Mosque, west of Gaza City.
A wounded Palestinian woman mourning as she holds the body of her daughter at Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
The funeral of Col. Roi Levy, 44, at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem.
The Iron Dome system intercepting rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, as seen from Ashkelon.
Israelis in Ashkelon evacuating a site struck by a rocket fired from Gaza.
Israelis seeking shelter after a rocket siren was sounded in Jerusalem.
Palestinians search for survivors after an Israeli airstrike on the Jabaliya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.
A girl running in fear at the sounds of bombing near Al Shifa Hospital.
An E.M.T., Menachem Zacharya, drawing blood from two Israelis at a donation center set up in a Jerusalem arena by Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency service.
Relatives mourning people killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.
A wedding photo in a building in Ashkelon that was hit by rockets.
An injured woman with her child after an Israeli airstrike near their house in the central Gaza Strip.
A building damaged in strikes in Gaza City.
Israeli soldiers leaving a shelter after rocket sirens were sounded in Sderot, as they searched for remaining Hamas gunmen from Gaza in a residential neighborhood near where gunmen had taken over a police station.
A building in Tel Aviv a day after it was hit.
Tali Touito, a resident of Sderot, described how Hamas gunmen attacked and took over the police station on her street.
A blindfolded Palestinian prisoner speaking to a member of the Israeli security forces on the border with Gaza, near Ashkelon.
A strike of the National Islamic Bank in central Gaza.
Searching through the rubble of a house in Khan Younis.
Israeli soldiers in an assembly area near the Gaza Strip.
Gabriel Trigun taking cover beside his car as rockets launched from Gaza were intercepted by the Iron Dome system in Sderot.
Palestinian citizens inspecting their property in Gaza City.
A mother crying next to the body of her son — who was killed in the Israeli raids — on the grounds of Al Shifa Hospital.
Israeli soldiers running to catch up with members of their unit during a patrol in Sderot.
An infant sleeping in a dining room in Kibbutz Mishmar HaNegev after being rescued with a family that was hiding in a house in Kibbutz Kfar.
A woman running to the concrete shelter at her home in Ashkelon after a rocket siren sounded.
Palestinian children looking toward the sky as they hear the sound of airstrikes. Families sought refuge at a United Nations Relief and Works Agency school in Gaza.
Palestinians breaking into the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border fence.
The bodies of Israelis killed by Palestinian gunmen who entered from the Gaza Strip lay covered in Sderot.
A resident of Ashkelon looking out the window of his family’s apartment at destruction caused by a rocket fired from Gaza.
Palestinian gunmen surrounding a truck reportedly carrying a captured woman in Khan Yunis.
Rockets being fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip. The assault began without warning at about 6:30 a.m. on the Jewish Sabbath, and almost 50 years to the day since a surprise attack by Egyptian and Syrian forces on Israel that set off the 1973 war.
Members of Israeli security forces carrying a wounded person in Ashkelon.
The aftermath of an Israeli airstrike in Gaza.
Bodies strewn on a road in Sderot.
Palestinian gunmen riding a seized Israeli military vehicle.
Relatives mourning over the bodies of Palestinian assailants at the mortuary of a hospital in Gaza City.
Israeli rescue teams tending to a man in a building that received a direct hit in Ashkelon.
Yeshayahu Foyer, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, at his home in Ashkelon after surveying rocket damage to a house under construction next door.
Carrying the body of a Palestinian assailant killed in Gaza.
Israelis donating blood in Jerusalem.
An aerial view of Ashkelon showing vehicles on fire as rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians celebrating over a burned Israeli car in Gaza.