Sunday, January 11, 2009

A translation of the leaflet dropped in Rafah

At midday today I saw from my window clouds of leaflets being dropped over Rafah. Local kids chased the leaflets being carried through my neighbourhood on the breeze and brought me one copy. Below is a translation of the leaflet dropped today:
Leaflet dropped on 11th January 2009
Citizens of Rafah
Due to Hamas using your houses to smuggle and store ammunition, the Israeli Defence Force will attack terrorists, tunnels and buildings which have smuggling tunnels beneath them in the area between Sea Street and the Egyptian border.

For all citizens in these neighbourhoods: Al Shaoot camp, Yibna camp, Block O, Al Brazil camp, Al Shara area, Qishta area, Hi Salam neighbourhood.

Those who have not yet evacuated their houses, all houses beyond Sea Street must be evacuated immediately from the time you receive this leaflet until an unspecified time. For your safety follow this announcement.
The leadership of the Israeli Defence Force
Residents reported mass leaflet drops in Rafah neighbourhoods by Israeli 'planes yesterday announcing an imminent escalation of their attacks. Below is a translation of the leaflet dropped yesterday:
Leaflet dropped on 10th January 2009
To the citizens of the Gaza Strip

The Israeli Defence Force distributed leaflets in Rafah a few days ago, warning citizens of an imminent operation and telling them to evacuate their houses immediately for their own safety.

Following the Israeli Defence Force directions and instructions has prevented hurting citizens who are not part of the fighting.

During the upcoming period, the Israeli Defence Forces will escalate their direct operations against the tunnels, the weapons and ammunition stores and the terrorists in all parts of the Gaza Strip.

For your safety and your family's safety, you are asked not to be near the terrorists and the stores of weapons and the places of fighting and other places used by them.

The Israeli Defence Force asks to continue in this way by following the instructions which are communicated to you by all means.

The leadership of the Israeli Defence Force

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