Israel army leaflet warns Gazans to flee

2012-11-20 18:03

Gaza City - Israel's air force dropped leaflets across several districts of Gaza City on Tuesday urging people to evacuate their homes "immediately" amid fears of an imminent ground invasion.

"For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City centre," the one-page Arabic-language leaflet said.

The message pointed residents to specific roads they must use to move out of neighbourhoods in question which form a crescent around the southern half of the city centre.

Among the neighbourhoods named in the leaflet were Sheikh Ajlin, Tel al-Hawa, Rimal, Zeitun, Shejaiya-Turkman and Shejaiya-Jadida.

Promise of safety

The message gave no reason for the order, but pledged that everyone who complied would be safe.

"This is a temporary confrontation. In the end, everyone will go home," the leaflet said on the seventh-day of Israel's fiercest assault on the coastal enclave in four years.

"In keeping with Israel Defence Force [army] regulations, all civilians will be kept from harm's way."

The leaflet was scattered from the air as Hamas militants fired a rocket towards Jerusalem which landed 15km south of the city, sparking panic in the city as residents ran for cover.

It comes as Israel weighs whether to expand its aerial campaign into a ground incursion or agree to an Egyptian ceasefire which is being put together through indirect talks with Israel and Hamas officials in Cairo.

Earlier on Tuesday, a senior Israeli official said the leadership had decided to postpone a decision on a ground operation "to give diplomacy a chance to succeed".

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-20 18:16

    Ceasefire is to commense at 10pm UK time, brokered by Egypt.

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-11-20 20:03

      I like how 1 guy downvoted you. Like "you want to give useful information? Well, take THIS!"

  • ian.d.samson - 2012-11-20 18:20

    What this article omits, is that one Hamas rocket landed in a Palestinian area, causing no damage. So, Hamas is now firing on Palestinians. SMH! Too DUH to comprehend.

  • nicrsa - 2012-11-20 18:34

    lol where are they supposed to flee too? Its not as if gaza is spacious

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-20 19:01

      REad the article idiot...

  • helizna - 2012-11-20 18:36

    Only Israel warns their "enemy" that they are coming, gives their civilians food and shelter for during the attack, and guarantees their safety once its over. *smile in approval*

      Michael - 2012-11-20 18:48

      Exactly! They are doing everything they can to protect civilians, unlike other countries that wiped out cities at a time including hundreds of thousand of civilians! But we won't mention Berlin, Hamburg, Nagasaki or Hiroshima again, will we!

      watchman.smith - 2012-11-20 19:05

      If anyone wants to watch an excellent perspective on Gaza and Israel and what Israel gave to the Palestinians ivicting Jews from their homes and farms in Gaza, and the millions of money that was given to the Pallestinians to have their own atonomy, seized by the PLO and placed into Swiss bank accounts to continue with their terror on Israel, then go to and watch the middle video entitled Watchman Warning.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 19:18

      @kaapse.skollie.7 You also one that heard something and now wants to yap? Go back and Google about Israel warning these people since they kept on ignoring a request to stop shooting these rockets. Including interrupting their TV programs to tell them. There is no "warning finally comes." scenario.......

      johan.fourie.566 - 2012-11-20 21:11

      mkyounas....And Hamas? If they were not so crappy shots and if the Israelis were not so prepared there would have been a lot more dead.. Firing 500+ rockets at civilians and the Israelis are the cowards? Somewhere in your life your brains packed up. I tell you what strap a bomb to yourself and go and blow a tollgate up. You might do something good

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 21:58

      @mkyounus - Let hear how you are going to react if someone starts shooting into your backyard while the kids are having a romp there. How many times can he do so before you get upset? And then are you going to walk across and have tea there?..........

      phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-20 23:35

      com'on watchman, this part of your misinformation people own most of the networks. Just because it's on TV does not make it true!!

  • mpho.ramosili - 2012-11-20 18:44

    flee to where?

      mario.dippenaar - 2012-11-20 20:04

      RTFA Care to guess what that means?

  • bob.paige.7 - 2012-11-20 20:17

    So Hamas fire a rocket into the West Bank, attempt to fire a rocket into Islams third holiest city and furthermore executes 6 Palestinians accused of being informants. Not my use of the word "accused". Are there any sane people out there who agree that a Palestinian state will never be achieved under Hamas leadership. They're terrorists, they value death ,more than life, they use their own people, the execute people based on no evidence, they continuously fire rockets into Israel. Why the hell should they be granted a state? If Palestinians come to the realization that Hamas is no good and decide to act against them and implement a democratic, rational, non extreme government, then we can talk statehoood.

  • bob.paige.7 - 2012-11-20 20:23

    "Peace will Come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us"- Golda Meir

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 22:02

      It is interesting that Israelis are called all kinds of epithets, and there is a huge outcry about killing women and children, but it is OK if these same women and children are killed by other Palestinians. I wonder if they are now not innocent any more?........

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