ISRAELI ARMY DROPS WARNING LEAFLETS ON GAZA

The Washington Post on November 15, 2012, reported that as part of its aggressive social media public relations campaign, the Israeli Defense Force’s twitter account is blasting out statements and infographics about Israel’s right to defend itself. Excerpts below:

The account has now started mixing in messages about Israel’s attempt to mitigate casualties in Gaza by delivering leaflets urging Palestinians to stay away from Hamas facilities that may be targeted.

As part of effort to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, IDF dropped 1000s of leaflets in Arabic with the following message in Arabic:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE GAZA STRIP

For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety.

Hamas is once again dragging the region to violence and bloodshed. The IDF is determined to defend the residents of the State of Israel. Is announcement is valid until quiet is restored to the region.

ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES

The leaflets blame Hamas for the violence and warns citizens to stay away from Hamas facilities. In Gaza, Israeli jets and drones hit dozens of targets overnight. Three Israelis have been killed by rocket fire from Gaza.

The IDF also released a video of the leaflet drop.

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