Foreigners allowed to leave Gaza

Foreign nationals are being allowed to leave Gaza for the first time since Israel started air strikes more...

Map of Isreal. Picture: IRIN News

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Some analysts believe this is an indication of a possible ground offensive.

Meanwhile Israeli forces remain on the <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gaza frontier, in preparation for a possible ground invasion.

This comes amid mounting international calls for an immediate ceasefire.

Earlier today Israeli air force planes dropped thousands of fliers over the battered region, urging Palestinians to report the location of militants.

Written in Arabic, the fliers say "terrorist elements" constitute a risk for the area’s residents and their families.

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