Nov 20, 2012

Israeli Military Order to Besieged Palestinians: Get out!

Tweeps in Gaza have circulated images of leaflets the Israeli military is dropping in some of the most densely populated areas of the Gaza Strip. One appears below, followed by a translation:


Military Communique  
To the residents of Sheikh Ajleen, Tal Al-hawa, Al-Rimal janoob, Al Zaytoon neighborhood, Shija’eya, Al Turkman, and New Shija’eya,

The IDF is not targeting any of you and does not want to harm you or your family. For your safety, we demand you to evacuate your homes immediately and move toward the center of the city via one of the following paths: Al Qahira, Jami’at Al Dool Al Rabya, Al-Aqsa, Alqadsyah, Om El Laymon, Salah Eldeen, Almansoorah, Khalas and Baghdad. The designated area in the city of Gaza is limited to west of Salah-a-deen Road, north of Omar Al Mokhtar Road, east of AlNassir Road and south of al-Quds road. This is a temporary confrontation and in the end every person will return to his home . Obeying these IDF instructions will keep civilian residents like you from harm’s way
The leadership of the Israeli Defense Force

UPDATE: A second leaflet brought to our attention via twitter is below with a translation and map.



Military Communique
To the residents of Al-Shatey, Al-Atatrah, Beit Lahia, and Beit Hanoun,
The IDF is not targeting any of you and does not want to harm you or your family. For your safety, we demand you to evacuate your homes immediately and move toward the center of the city via one of the following paths: El Tiwaam, Al Faloojah, Al-Awdah, El Sikah and Salah El Deen. The designated area in the city of Gaza is limited to west of Salah El Deen Road, north of Omar Al Mokhtar Road, east of Alnassir District and south of al-Quds Road. This is a temporary confrontation and in the end every person will return to his home . Obeying these IDF instructions will keep civilian residents like you from harm’s way.

The leadership of the Israeli Defence Force


Here is a map of the areas specified:


View Leaflets in a larger map

It essentially represents the most densely populated area of the Gaza Strip in and around Gaza city. This is one of the most densely populated places on earth. According to UN OCHA, the population density in this area is close to 7,000 persons/SqKm. Hundreds of thousands of people are being told to immediately leave their houses. The red areas represents the neighborhoods which must evacuate immediately into the area in the blue square. The lighter red is the area mentioned in the first leaflet above, while the darker red represents the areas in the second leaflet.

Keep in mind, 80 percent of people in Gaza are refugees. The trauma of the Nakba's depopulation is felt every day, not to mention the trauma of "Cast Lead" during which the Samouni family, for example, evacuated only to be shelled in a safe house by the Israeli military. This is the reality of conducting military operations in densely populated refugee camps.