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Hamas tells Palestinian civilians to stay in homes in face of Israeli warnings
July 13, 2014 10:56am
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas leaders called on Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to return to their homes and ignore Israeli warnings of an impending military operation.

“To all of our people who have evacuated their homes – return to them immediately and do not leave the house,” said a statement titled “Urgent call to the residents of the Gaza Strip” released by the Hamas Interior Ministry, Ynet reported. “You must follow the directives of the Interior Ministry. This is psychological warfare, random messages to instill panic in people.”


The statement came after the Israel Defense Forces on Sunday morning dropped leaflets above areas in the northern Gaza Strip warning Palestinian civilians to evacuate their homes in advance of a military campaign to destroy rocket launchers.


“The IDF’s campaign is to be short and temporary,” the messages said. “Those who fail to comply with the instructions will endanger their lives and the lives of their families. Beware.”
Some 4,000 residents of the Beit Lahiya area reportedly left their homes ahead of the noon deadline. Some 75,000 civilians reportedly live in the area.


Meanwhile, a Hamas spokesman took to Facebook to urge Palestinian citizens to remain in their homes.
“We are asking the courageous residents of Gaza not to follow the directives of the Israeli occupation army on leaflets that it dropped from the air and in telephone messages,” Hamas spokesman Eyad al-Bazam wrote on Facebook, according to the Israeli news site NRG.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Sunday morning Cabinet meeting criticized Hamas for putting civilians in harm’s way.


“We are striking Hamas with increasing strength. We are hitting commanders, militants, arsenals and command centers. The IDF, ISA, security services, firefighters, the Israel Police – everyone is doing their part and doing it in the best way possible,” he said.


“But one must understand how our enemy operates. Who hides in mosques? Hamas. Who puts arsenals under hospitals? Hamas. Who puts command centers in residences or near kindergartens? Hamas. Hamas is using the residents of Gaza as human shields and it is bringing disaster to the civilians of Gaza. Therefore, for any attack on Gaza civilians, which we regret, Hamas and its partners bear sole responsibility.”

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Hamas calls on evacuated Gazans to 'return immediately'
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Hamas calls on evacuated Gazans to 'return immediately'


Despite IDF warning to leave homes in northern Strip, organization's interior ministry calls on local residents to ignore Israeli 'psychological warfare.'
Roi Kais


Published: 07.13.14, 14:11 / Israel News



Hamas called on Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip to "immediately return" to their homes, after the IDF warned locals to evacuate the area at noon to avoid being harmed in any military operation.


 
A spokesperson for UNRWA in Gaza claimed that some 4,000 Palestinians had evacuated their homes and headed for UN facilities and shelters in the Gaza Strip.

 
The Hamas Interior Ministry released a statement titled "Urgent call to the residents of the Gaza Strip" in which locals were told to ignore the calls and warnings made by Israel and the IDF. "To all of our people who have evacuated their homes – return to them immediately and do not leave the house."

 
"You must follow the directives of the Interior Ministry. This is psychological warfare, random messages to instill panic in people."

 
The ministry statement also attempted to calm the local population. "We are following developments on the ground moment by moment, especially on the border. If it becomes necessary to take a step to protect the Palestinian people, we will send directives using local communication tools to keep you safe and provide all the necessary measures."

 
"We have identified more rocket fire from the northern Strip than other sectors and this morning we are calling on the population to evacuate from there ahead of an escalation of (Israeli) attacks," the IDF said Sunday morning.
 
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit announced that the military has airdropped leaflets on the northern Gaza Strip with similar messages. Locals have also been sent pre-recorded messages and video clips.

 
"It is the intention of the IDF to attack from the air terror infrastructure and terrorists in the area east of Al-Attara," the leaflets warn. "Residents must evacuate their homes by 12 pm, noon, today heading south towards Jabalia."
 

The Israeli warnings told Gaza residents that "the IDF operation will be temporary and short. Those who do not adhere to these directives will jeopardize their own lives and the lives of their families. Be careful, stay safe."
 
Yoav Zitun contributed to this report.

 





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