From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Breaking News: Israel begins heavy bombardment of north Gaza
Date: Sun Jul 13 15:26:31 MDT 2014
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Sunday, 13 July 2014
Israel-Hamas war, Day 6
IAF begins heavy bombardment of residential areas in north Gaza

As we predicted yesterday, the Israel Air Force (IAF) earlier this morning showered Palestinian urban areas in north Gaza with leaflets giving residents until today (Sunday) at noon (Israel time) to evacuate their homes ahead of massive Israeli bombardment of these area. The leaflets were accompanied by calls to every home phone and cell phone of residents in the area (Israel has all these phone numbers), and radio and TV broadcasts in Arabic. Hamas, in an effort to forestall the Israeli attack by keeping Palestinian civilians as a human shield, has publicly ordered the residents to stay put, branding those who leave as collaborators with the “Zionist enemy.” So far, about a third of the residents have left. Israel has just begun a heavy bombardment on the outskirts of Beit Lahia in order to remind residents that Israel is serious.

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