Residents of northern Gaza ordered to leave
13 July 2014, 17:00
Jeruslaem - The Israeli military says it is ordering Palestinians living in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate the area "for their own safety".
In a statement on Saturday, the military said it would send messages to residents overnight to leave the area.
Brigadier General Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesperson, said Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours as it steps up an offensive against Gaza militants.
Officials say the area has been used to fire rockets at Tel Aviv.