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Israel army tells all north Gaza residents to flee their homes
Published Monday 28/07/2014 (updated) 29/07/2014 22:12
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military on Monday evening sent text messages and phone calls to residents of all cities in the northern Gaza Strip and parts of Gaza City telling them to evacuate their homes "immediately," potentially displacing more than 400,000 people.

The military said in a statement that it had told the residents of Shujaiyya and Zaitoun neighborhoods in northern and eastern Gaza City as well Jabaliya, Beit Hanoun, and Beit Lahiya cities in northern Gaza to evacuate their homes and leave for central Gaza City.

The Israeli military has previously said that it would treat all civilians who stay behind in areas it had deemed off-limits to be combatants.

The warnings come after an Israeli drone strike killed 10 people in a playground in al-Shati, after Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel earlier in the day in response to Israeli shelling.

Israeli shelling and airstrikes on Monday killed 22 and injured more than 100, while medical crews found 12 more bodies in the rubble, bringing the total number dead since the beginning of hostilities 21 days ago to at least 1,067.

Four Israeli civilians were killed in a mortar shell on the city of Eshkol near the border, in the deadliest incident for Israeli civilians since the beginning of hostilities 10 days ago. The deaths bring the total to six, as well as one foreign workers killed in a rocket attack.

The UN's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA said early last week that 43 percent of the Gaza Strip had been deemed off-limits to civilians.

The Israeli assault has already displaced 135,000 people in the last 21 days, as more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed and the Israeli army has told tens of thousands of flee their homes.

All borders in and out of the Gaza Strip are shut to civilians, however, and UN-designated shelters have been bombed repeatedly in Israeli airstrikes and shelling.

Operation Protective Edge was launched 21 days ago in what Israel said was an attempt to stop rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, which had increased after Israel launched a massive operation in the West Bank that left 10 Palestinians dead, 130 injured, and more than 600 Hamas-affiliated individuals in prison.

The operation, named "Brother's Keeper," was launched in order to find three Israeli teenagers who disappeared in June from the Jewish settlement of Gush Etzion in the West Bank.

Israel blamed Hamas for the kidnapping without any evidence, a charge the group denied.

Hamas has said since the assault began that it would only accept a ceasefire on the condition that Israel ends its eight-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has led to recurring shortages of basic necessities as well as electricity, fuel, and water.

Israel, however, has refused to accept this condition, saying it would keep the assault going until it undermined Hamas' military capabilities, particularly its tunnels system.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
28/07/2014 21:54
The world has a choice - get rid of Islamic jihadist governments, or suffer from neverending terrorism. Hamas is destroying Gaza. They reject peace. The reject international law. They reject freedom for their people - no freedom of speech, no freedom of the press, no womens rights, obviously no LGBT rights at all. Yet western liberal fools support Hamas, showing how stupid western liberals have become.

2 ) Mel / USA
28/07/2014 21:56
No "Diamond Dicks"(as Israel calls it's IAF pilots)there,eh? Just Chancre D*cks,pulverizing innocent,ENCLAVED CIVILIANS already blockaded,occupied(by land,sea,air&economy)just for NOT being Jewish or pro-Zionist occupation! PILOTS& Drone joy-stickers that's totally against your HIGHEST MILITARY COMMAND,to not follow ILLEGAL COMMANDS i.e. against international laws(not Israel's lawless "laws"(aka WAR CRIMES).No 'Diamonds'shining from Israel. Just stinking chancres on limp d*cks! Cowards!

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
28/07/2014 22:23
Get it through your heads, folks. It looks like Hamas is going down fighting and will take all the Gazans theyy can. Hamas wants martyrdom and has said many times it will never compromise on its principles of armed war and death. Hamas has said many times it will never make peace with Israel and is committed to fight to the death. So the time has come for the death of Hamas and afterwards for Gazans to choose a new, non-jihadist government, and heal and rebuild. War means death is certain.

4 ) Tibi / Tubas
28/07/2014 23:10
First 100,000 had to flee. Now 400,000 must flee their homes, and Soon it may be most of Gaza's population along the Egypt border, and This Is One Hundred Percent Hamas' Responsibility, -1- For Starting The War - A Fourth Time, and -2- For Not Even Considering Peace With Israel !!

5 ) d'Arc - Surrender-in-Mass / USA
28/07/2014 23:38
If they flee, the area will be permanently occupied and they can never return. Better to strip naked and surrender in mass, with cameras rolling by international media so the IDF has no shooting excuses. 100,000 or more prisoners of war burdens the IDF and assures that a right of return is official. At least the IDF would have to feed, house clothe and provide water and santiation to millions or hundreds of thousands of POWs.

6 ) wavettore / USA
28/07/2014 23:48
Israel was a concept before it became a State and today is a State like no other. In fact it is the only Country in the World that does not define its borders in its Constitution and is now ready to expand its territory through the use of any means. The conspiracy is not a theory. The next World War is already a done deal behind the backs of all people which will be forced to fight for their own Countries in their obligation as citizens. This War will be inevitable and come by surprise.....

7 ) JoeFattal / USA
29/07/2014 01:29
I heard that Israel text message people to leave their homes, or call them. Did it occur to anybody that the person Israel is texting might be a Hamas fighter. Just a thought. Maybe that's why Hamas rockets are still been launch. Israel have a hell of a problem to locate Hamas rockets but they don't have any problem to locate someone in Gaza. Amazing.

8 ) Arnold / Canada
29/07/2014 03:06
Demand what you want Hamas but at this moment the IDF is not willing to listen to your garbage. Stop your missiles and the IDF will stop. Then the IDf will continue to blow up the tunnels. And then and only then will negotiations begin.

9 ) Rose / Uk
29/07/2014 04:24
Israel is a evil country, killing unarmed citizens and murdering innocent angels, y they can't let these ppl live in peace! Help stop killing vulnerable ppl of Palestinian , plz help humanity , speak up for humanity Free Palestine #

10 ) Mohamed / S africa
29/07/2014 07:25
Flee their homes and go where???

11 ) Rhod Gates / Australia
29/07/2014 12:39
Where are they supposed to flee? UN facilities? At worst Israel will bomb them even if they do that. Gaza is the most densely populated area in the world. Where are they supposed to flee to?

12 ) M .Watts / Australia
29/07/2014 16:28
Israel has ceased the right to exist .People have the right to exist not this terrorist entety

13 ) Ros / Spain
29/07/2014 17:09
The world has a choice get rid of the blood thirsty killer tribe led false state before it kills off the true inhabitants of Palestine. Islamic countries have been the only countries that have cared for and sustained Jews. Theyreject international law repeatedly and have assured that there is no freedom of press throughout the world . True Jews are hanging their heads in shame at jackboot of the Synagogue of Satan

14 ) Outlier / USA
29/07/2014 17:40
Consequences. Hamas started this war in Gaza's name and now Gaza suffers the consequences.

15 ) Tom / USA
29/07/2014 18:34
Israel told people to evacuate to Gaza City, then bombed Gaza City all night. This is an utter moral implosion on Israel's part.

16 ) Outlier / USA
29/07/2014 20:42
10,11, Obviously somewhere other than there. The potential for disaster when fighting a war in a small, crowded enclave is now clear for all to see, though Hamas either didn't see it or didn't care.

17 ) Nate / USA
29/07/2014 21:26
Brian Cohen is a liar and a total savage. It could not get any more clear than than.

18 ) Nate / USA
29/07/2014 21:33
Arnold/Canada is also a liar and savage. People are not buying You or Brian Cohen's or ZioNazi IsraHell's garbage anymore!!!

19 ) Gonzo / Mexico
30/07/2014 05:22
The world has had enough of Israel's psychpathic behavior and of its watchdog tha United State. Fortunately the Dollar is about to stop being the world's reserve currency and petro-currency and the Americans will not afford sending billions of dollars for Israel to kill Palestinian children and women. Israel has absolutely no right to exist as a Zionist entity in the Middle East. It's days are numbered and they ain't many...and its land will revert to its rightful owners, the Palestinian peopla.

20 ) Shiraz / Austraki
30/07/2014 11:54
If I was a Palestinian in gaza I would have stood up in defiance of Israeli order to move out.

21 ) Michael / Australia
30/07/2014 20:08
Amazing to hear Obama talk about sanctions against Russia for downing MH17, which is unproven. This is because crash inspectors cannot access the crash site because of Ukrainian shelling, despite Ukraine having signed agreements. Of course Obama should be talking about sanctions against Israel for attacking civilians in Gaza, but alas USA did the same when attacking Fallujah in Iraq. NWO running-dogs and propaganda outlets silent about this.
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