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Wednesday, 22 January 2014, 12:02 pm
12.10pm Gaza Militants declared a state of full alert after an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, had killed two people, who were in their car.
Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf AlQudra has confirmed the deaths of Ahmad AlZa’anin, 21 years old, and his cousin Muhammad Za’anin, 23.
In response the Gaza government has declared a state of emergency in Gaza and the evacuation of the security and government headquarters. Gaza forces are deploying to battle positions.
The strike follows Tuesday’s threat by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to teach Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement a lesson “very soon.” Netanyahu made the threat at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime MInister Stephen Harper in Jerusalem.
Locals report drones and F-16s in the skies above Gaza.
Thursday Update: 12.41pm
Israeli military vehicles are massing east of Khuza’a, near Khan Younes, while Israeli reconnaissance flights continue at low altitude over the Gaza Strip.
Israeli media has warned all foreigners in Gaza to leave immediately through the Erez Crossing into Israel, suggesting a major military offensive against Gaza is coming soon.
Egyptian authorities have already closed the Rafah Crossing into Egypt.
Israeli military are shooting warning shots at Gaza land and farms from watchtowers in northern Gaza.