(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman) 
 
In the framework of the extension of operations to return the soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit and to remove the threat of Kassam rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF distributed announcements from the air into the southern Gaza Strip, with the purpose of warning the Palestinian citizens against staying in areas in which the IDF will operate against terror infrastructures.

Contents of the announcement:

"To the civilians of the area:

The IDF is extending its operations to all areas of the Gaza Strips, and therefore is conducting military activities in your area, for the time period that is required. The operations will be launched in order to locate the site where the kidnapped soldier, Gilad Shalit, is being held, to rescue him, and to continue to defend the citizens of Israel. For your own safety and due to our intention to prevent injuring citizens who are not involved in activities against our forces, you must avoid being on any premises in which the IDF is operating and be attentive to the IDF’s instructions. Anyone who interrupts IDF activities, conducted in order to complete the mission to bring the kidnapped soldier home safely, will be in danger.

IDF Headquarters"

The IDF is operating with great caution in order to avoid endangering the Palestinian population. The operations are being launched only against terror organizations, rocket-launching cells, and terror infrastructures, which have turned the Gaza Strip into an area saturated with terror.