Monday, May 25, 2009

Israeli planes drop warning pamphlets over Gaza


25 May 2009

Israel Air Force aircraft have scattered pamphlets over the Gaza Strip warning residents to stay away from the border, The Associated Press reported Monday.

The heavily guarded border is the scene of sporadic fighting between militants and Israel Defense Forces troops. Israeli forces killed two Palestinian gunmen in a clash on Friday.

The Arabic pamphlets warned Gazans to stay out of areas 300 meters to 500 meters from the border fence, saying they risk being shot.

The IDF had no comment. The military has scattered similar warning pamphlets in the past.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said a 10-year-old boy was struck by a box of leaflets and moderately hurt during Monday’s airdrop.

Violence has largely subsided in Gaza following Israel’s 3-week offensive against the coastal territory’s Hamas rulers in January

Israel warns Palestinians to stay away from Gaza border wall
Date: 25 / 05 / 2009 Time: 11:48

Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israel's air force used helicopters to drop fliers warning Palestinians to stay away from the Gaza border wall on Monday, residents.

"You have been warned. We urge residents of the Strip to keep a 300 meter distance from the fence," the fliers read.

Commenting on the message, a Gazan citizen told Ma’an, “Israel is seeking a new immigration of the Palestinians especially that the warning is not to passersby, but to residents living near the borderline. There are homes which are less than tens of meters away from the borderline, and there are agricultural lands close to the border fence.”

Twelve-year-old Muhammad Dughmush from the Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City was injured by a box of fliers dropped by Israeli choppers. According to Muawiya Hassanein, director of Ambulance and Emergency Services at the Palestinian Health Ministry, the boy received first aid at the Jordanian hospital before he was transferred to Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, suffering bruises along his back.

The fliers were dropped over the homes of residents in Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, Ynet said, as well near communities in the south and central regions near Khan Younis, Kerem Shalom and Rafah.

In a statement, the Israeli military confirmed that it dropped the leaflets, warning that it "will operate against all those who approach the fence, due to the threat that they pose to the civilians of the State of Israel."

Israeli leaflets warn Gazans to keep away from border

Gaza, May 25, 2009 (Ramattan) – Israeli aircraft on early Monday dropped flyers over the Palestinian Gaza Strip, warning the residents there to stay away from the security fence that separates between the Jewish state and the Hamas-controlled Strip.

The leaflets spread over the skies of northern Gaza Strip and eastern Gaza city, as well as in southern Gaza Strip towns of Khan Younis and Rafah.

"It is forbidden for anyone to go beyond a distance of 300 meters from the fence and the Israeli defense forces will take necessary measures to turn him away, including shooting when it is necessary," one of the leaflets read.

An initial map was drawn in black and grey on a white paper that showed the border fence and the buffer zone which stretched between the two ends of the Gaza Strip.

Israel used to keep no-go areas along its borders with the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the Palestinian uprising in 2000. However, the space of the buffer zones used to change according to the security situation.

The last time Israel dropped aerial warnings on Gaza was during the major three-week military offensive between December 2008 and January 2009.

Israel and the Islamic Hamas movement are not observing a ceasefire these days but each side maintains a level of relative quietness.