Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 14 October 2023

Israel sends tanks into Gaza ahead of full-scale invasion: Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians desperately flee as 24-hour deadline ticks down and Benjamin Netanyahu vows to ‘destroy’ Hamas – amid rising global concern at evacuation order

Gaza is bracing for invasion after 1.2 million civilians were told to flee for their lives.

Israeli military drones dropped flyers throughout the day yesterday demanding that Palestinians evacuate the northern half of the strip ‘within 24 hours’ or risk being caught in a military escalation.

The IDF then launched its first ‘localised’ raids into Gaza, deploying columns of Merkava main battle tanks alongside infantry into the tired enclave in search of hostages taken in the surprise attack by Hamas a week ago.

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country would ‘never forget this atrocity’ and warned ‘this is just the beginning’.

‘We will end this war stronger than ever. We will destroy Hamas,’ he said.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant added his defence forces would take Hamas ‘out of Gaza and out of the Earth’ and ‘effect permanent change’ in the territory.

In a statement, the IDF said it would ‘operate significantly’ within Gaza City ‘in the coming days’, telling Palestinians: ‘You will only be able to return to Gaza when another announcement permitting it is made.’

Israel was accused of breaking international law over the sudden order to leave, with aid agencies warning such an unprecedented evacuation was impossible. The United Nations urged Israel to withdraw the demand and said it would have ‘devastating humanitarian consequences’.

World leaders came together to condemn Israel’s hurried evacuation of a civilian population reeling from a week of near-constant bombardment.

US President Joe Biden – who has remained staunchly supportive of Israel – urged Israel not to ‘lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians had nothing to do with Hamas and Hamas’ appalling attacks’. Russia – seldom in agreement – compared Israel’s siege of Gaza to the Nazi siege of Leningrad.

Hamas, meanwhile, accused Israel of ‘psychological warfare’ and urged Palestinians not to flee. They told residents to ‘remain steadfast in your homes and to stand firm in the face of this disgusting psychological war waged by the occupation’.

But an exodus was already under way following a week of air strikes and blockades in retaliation for last Saturday’s Hamas raids that left more than 1,300 dead.

Families in cars, trucks and donkey carts packed with blankets and possessions streamed down a main road out of Gaza City. On day seven of the war:

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