Israel warns northern Gaza residents to leave homes

The Israel Defence Force has warned residents to evacuate northern Gaza "for their own safety".

It tweeted:

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Tonight we will send messages to northern Gaza residents urging them to leave their homes for their own safety. It's unsafe to be near Hamas

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