The army said it has dropped the fliers throughout Gaza. It said the notices are meant as a "general warning."
The notice said Israel is about to begin a "new phase in the war on terror," and that it will "escalate" an operation that already has killed more than 800 Palestinians. Israel launched the offensive two weeks ago to halt years of Palestinian rocket attacks.
"Strip residents: Two days ago, the IDF dropped leaflets in Rafah, warning residents and instructing them to leave their homes for their safety," the leaflet read. "As Rafah residents complied with IDF instructions, civilians not involved in the fighting were spared any harm."
"In the near future, the IDF will continue to attack tunnels, arms caches, and terror activities with greater intensity all across the Strip. For your safety and the safety of your families, you are required to refrain from staying near terror elements or sites where weapons are being stored," the leaflet read.
Meanwhile, the defense establishment continues to make an effort to refrain from hurting civilians and has adopted various steps in order to enable Gazans to go on with their life despite the difficult conditions. To that end, the IDF again offered a "humanitarian ceasefire" Saturday afternoon, for the fourth consecutive day.
Ali Waked contributed to the report