Israel's air force dropped leaflets across several districts of Gaza City on Tuesday urging people to evacuate their homes "immediately" amid fears of an imminent ground invasion.
"For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City center," the one-page Arabic-language leaflet said.
The message pointed residents to specific roads they must use to move out of neighbourhoods in question which form a crescent around the southern half
of the city center.
The message gave no reason for the order, but pledged that everyone who complied would be safe. "This is a temporary confrontation. In the end, everyone will go home," the leaflet said.