Israel army leaflet warns Gaza residents to leave homes

By AFP
Published: November 20, 2012

Step comes after Hamas’s top military commander warned against a ground operation. PHOTO: AFP

GAZA CITY: Israel’s air force dropped leaflets across Gaza City on Tuesday urging people to evacuate their homes “immediately” amid fears the military was poised to launch a ground operation.

“For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City centre,” the Arabic-language leaflet said, specifying certain roads that should be used.

The step comes after Hamas’s top military commander warned that Israel will “pay a heavy price” if it launches a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.

The rare audio message was aired today.

“The enemy will pay a heavy price if it thinks of entering Gaza,” Mohammed Deif said in the audio message carried by Hamas television station al Aqsa.

Earlier, senior Israeli ministers decided overnight to hold off from launching a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to give Egyptian-led truce efforts a chance to work, a senior Israeli official said.

“A decision was taken that for the time being there is a temporary hold on the ground incursion to give diplomacy a chance to succeed,” he told AFP.

Pakistan condemns

The Senate has unanimously passed a resolution, strongly condemning the Israeli armed attack on the territory of Gaza, Radio Pakistan tweeted on Tuesday.

Reader Comments (18)

  • Ali J
    Nov 20, 2012 - 7:47PM

    This is so sad and upsetting, Pakistan should help but how can it when it can’t keep it’s own citizens safe.

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  • Jat
    Nov 20, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Pakistan is the unquestioned leader of the Ummah. It should immediately dispatch its “Phantom soldiers” to Gaza, followed by its rapid action brigade.

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  • Super Star
    Nov 20, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Pakistan should send Zaid Hamid to fight the Zionists on a horse

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  • Hairaan
    Nov 20, 2012 - 8:28PM

    @Jat:
    Keep quiet if you can not help them. This is certainly not a time to crack silly jokes.

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  • Nov 20, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Shame on you Israel

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  • Pessimist
    Nov 20, 2012 - 8:49PM

    … and go where? On the Yellow Brick Road?

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  • Pakistanis for Gaza
    Nov 20, 2012 - 9:11PM

    My heart bleeds for every Muslim in Gaza whose lives are disturbed by cruel Jews. I wish we should shut down Pakistan for a couple of weeks, and snatch victory for our brothers, our kith and kin, our relatives in Gaza!

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  • Munir
    Nov 20, 2012 - 9:13PM

    Why Talibans and Lashkars are not helping the Palestinians and waging war against Israel? is a proof that all these professional warriors would go where there are more $$$$ currently in Syria.

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  • Raj Kafir
    Nov 20, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Wish Mumbai attackers have warned to leave hotels, railway stations etc.

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  • Jat
    Nov 20, 2012 - 9:46PM

    @Hairaan: Silly joke ? I am serious Mr Surprise !

    The Phantom Soldiers
    Fast response Brigade
    Leadership of Muslim Ummah
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  • Momin
    Nov 20, 2012 - 10:01PM

    @Jat

    Pakistan has a solemn responsibility towards the ummah. Pakistan is islam and islam is pakistan. If Pakistan being a nuclear power cannot guarantee the interests of the ummah, then who else will ? A defeat of a muslim is the defeat of Pakistan, and pakistan being the guardian of Islam should and cannot let that happen. The time has come for Pakistan to show the strength of their iman. After all our iman helped us defeat two super powers.

    Pakistan should declare war on Israel.

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  • lovePak
    Nov 20, 2012 - 10:18PM

    @Jat
    Pakistan is too far to do anything. Helping Palestine is the direct responsibility of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria. Countries away can only donate and help out. They can’t actually go in there. And that isn’t restricted to Muslims, it’s for Indians and every other country where humans live (Israel not included, they’re killing machines).

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  • Sam
    Nov 20, 2012 - 10:29PM

    Both sides are killers. UN must put sanctions on both of them.

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  • Dr.X
    Nov 20, 2012 - 10:32PM

    The Israeli army committing outright genocide…. guess they didn’t learn their lesson from history after all.

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  • Qaisrani
    Nov 20, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Where is Ahmadinejad the great??? Why can’t he conquer Israel as he is so simple as he eats few bread along with few olives?? Where is Mohammad Morsi who always criticized Hosni Mobarak for being US puppet?? he should invade Israel. Where is Erdogan, the undisputed Ottoman Caliph of 21st century.??

    When i see how helpless they are before tiny but mighty Israel,it gives me so satisfaction that i m Pakistani.Despite our so many weaknesses,no one can humiliate us like they humiliate Arab the great, at their will.

    Long live Pakistan,Long live dear President Zardari,Long Live Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan.
    Dear Pakistanis,be proud to be Pakistani and donot find comfort in other country’s leaders.

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  • faiz
    Nov 20, 2012 - 11:10PM

    I second jat Pakistan and pakistanis should grab stones and fight with the west and jews and horses ofcourse

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  • Justice
    Nov 20, 2012 - 11:11PM

    Sorry Palestine, Pakistan cannot help as all our “Strategic assets” and “non State actors” are busy with Afghanistan and India. RSVP.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 21, 2012 - 7:34AM

    @Momin:
    WOW, “Pakistan should declare war on Israel”!!!!! What a laugh, Pakistan can’t even exercise “SOVEREIGNTY” over it’s own territory (Waziristans) and now want to fight (and lose) another war! Please explain just HOW Pakistan is going to fight Israel, and just who ever appointed Pakistan as the “guardian of Islam”????

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