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UN: Israel tells 300,000 Gazans to leave their homes

Israeli army warns Palestinians by phone to move out of their homes ahead of its 'imminent' incursion

UN: Israel tells 300,000 Gazans to leave their homes


The Israeli army has told 300,000 Gazans by phone to leave their houses ahead of its imminent incursion, the United Nations Agency for Palestine has said.

 United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on Friday the calls from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were reported in the North Area’s Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun, and in East Khan Younis.

UNWRA said in a statement: "Beginning yesterday afternoon, Palestinian civilians were contacted over the phone in recorded messages from the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) asking them to leave their houses and move.

"This tactic was used effectively by Israeli forces in 2012, when large numbers of civilians heeded these warnings and displaced themselves. In this instance, the civilian population has largely stayed in their residences."

UNRWA has condemned the use of force by Israeli security forces on Gaza which have caused civilian casualties in violation of international humanitarian law. 

The agency also asked for urgent funding to cover an expected shortfall of $22 million for its operations. 

There are currently 1.2 million refugees in eight refugee camps in Gaza, according to the agency. 

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