Saturday, January 10, 2009

Reports: Serious Escalation Appears Imminent in Gaza

Ha'aretz, January 10, 2009 - Report: IDF is blanketing area with leaflets

The Israel Air Force has dropped leaflets on the Gaza Strip warning residents that it plans to escalate its two-week-old offensive.

The army says it has dropped the fliers throughout Gaza. It says the notices are meant as a "general warning."

The notice says Israel is about to begin a "new phase in the war on terror." It says it will "escalate" an operation that already has killed more than 800 Palestinians.

Translated text of one leaflet (sent to gaza siege):

Hamas is facing the Israeli army power for more than a week.
The IDF has even more powerful ways for dealing with Hamas in case we use these ways the attacks will be so painful!!!
IDF will continue working strongly and with all its power against Hamas and its leaders wherever they are and in all the possible ways as long as necessary, Until we achieve our all targets and missions.
For your safety we ask you to live your living areas and head to city centres.
The leadership of the IDF

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