Israel to Gaza Residents: Flee Before Airstrikes

Meanwhile, UN calls for a cease-fire

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 12, 2014 3:13 PM CDT | Updated Jul 12, 2014 11:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area "for their own safety." In a statement today, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area. Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesman, said Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours as it steps up an offensive against Gaza militants. Officials say the area has been used to fire rockets at Tel Aviv. The death toll in Gaza has hit at least 135 and more than 920 have been injured after five days of airstrikes, the Hill reports. Meanwhile, more than 200 rockets fired from Gaza have gotten through Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system, and rockets are coming from southern Lebanon as well.

Also today, the UN Security Council called today for a cease-fire in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict centered on the Gaza Strip. A council statement approved by all 15 members calls for de-escalation of the violence, restoration of calm, and a resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians aimed at achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution. The statement calls for "the reinstitution of the November 2012 cease-fire," which was brokered by Egypt, but gives no time frame for when it should take effect. (Click for more on that.)

A missile is launched by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards southern Israel, as seen from the Israel-Gaza border, in Sderot, Israel, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
A missile is launched by Palestinian militants from Gaza towards southern Israel, as seen from the Israel-Gaza border, in Sderot, Israel, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians walk around the ruins of the Al-Tawfeeq Mosque after it was hit by an overnight Israeli missile strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Palestinians walk around the ruins of the Al-Tawfeeq Mosque after it was hit by an overnight Israeli missile strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a cargo terminal at Karni Crossing between Israel and Gaza after it was shelled by Israeli tanks, according to terminal's employees, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Palestinian firefighters try to extinguish a cargo terminal at Karni Crossing between Israel and Gaza after it was shelled by Israeli tanks, according to terminal's employees, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians mourn their relative in the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Palestinians mourn their relative in the morgue of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City on Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Khalil Hamra)
Columns of smoke rise following Israeli strikes on Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Columns of smoke rise following Israeli strikes on Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Adel Hana)
Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on Gaza, seen from the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Smoke rises following an Israeli strike on Gaza, seen from the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Lefteris Pitarakis)
Israeli soldiers on a mobile artillery unit fire a shell towards Gaza at a position on the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Israeli soldiers on a mobile artillery unit fire a shell towards Gaza at a position on the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians gather around the ruins of the Al-Tawfeeq mosque after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Palestinians gather around the ruins of the Al-Tawfeeq mosque after it was hit by an Israeli missile strike in the Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Hatem Moussa)
Israeli infantry soldiers get ready to walk to their armored personnel carriers to take up new positions on the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Israeli infantry soldiers get ready to walk to their armored personnel carriers to take up new positions on the Israel-Gaza border, Saturday, July 12, 2014.   (Lefteris Pitarakis)
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