Israel dropped flyers in northern Gaza early today, warning residents to vacate their homes by noon and move away from Hamas sites to avoid airstrikes. According to Israel Defence Force's (IDF) Operation Protective Edge, the leaflet is believed to have said:
To the residents of Beit Lahiya, the IDF intends to attack terrorists and terror infrastructures in the area east of Al-Atatra and Al-Salatin St., and in the area west and north of Ma'bscar Jabalyia.
Israel is currently attacking, and will continue to attack, every area from which rockets are being launched at its territory.
The civilians are requested to evacuate their residences immediately and move by 12:00 PM today, south of Jabalyia Al-Badr via Shar'a Al-Faluja.
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.