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
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)

(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.)

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VooDoo
Jul 13, 2014 9:42 PM CDT
Q: What's the difference between Israel and a colostomy bag? ...Yes there is. A: A colostomy bag doesn't kill innocent people * Those who guessed a colostomy bag doesn't lie about Hitler killing 6 million colostomy bags would be WRONG..Jews are not Israel
bruno937
Jul 13, 2014 11:25 AM CDT
Don't believe everything you are fed. These sick bastards are giving people less than 60 seconds knowing full well it isn't enough time. And that is simply to terrorize them while they are living their last minute on earth. http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/seconds-warning-destroys.html
Financial_Issues
Jul 13, 2014 9:50 AM CDT
I would clear the land to, if someone is shooting rockets at me. The Palestinians are also using there people like humana sheilds and shooting rockets from homes according to the latest news. They apparently don't care about there own civilian population much. I don't blame Israel for defending there home land. In fact I would finish it by removing them all from the closest parameters accessible by rockets. Put in more of the good fencing that they are so good at building. (Something we need at our borders in the US. With razor wire. This would keep alot of the foreign illegal aliens from coming into our country to. )