Residents of Khan Younis, the largest city in southern Gaza and the latest focus of the Israeli military’s ground offensive, say the army has showered the area with leaflets quoting a verse in the Quran.
Palestinians deciding whether to flee Khan Younis as Israeli tanks draw closer say they view the quoted verse, “The flood overtook them as they were wrongdoers,” as an ominous portent.
The Israelis drop ominous leaflets today over Khan Younis that warn the residents with a Quranic verse:
"the flood carried away the wrongdoers"
(Surah 29, verse 14) pic.twitter.com/kGrl48Akl7
— Gaza Report – اخبار غزة (@gaza_report) December 6, 2023
The Israeli military does not immediate respond to a request for comment.
Journalist Aamer Tabsh in Khan Younis says he saw Israeli planes drop thousands of the fliers.
Tabsh says residents are convinced the reference to the epic flood of Noah in the Quran and the Bible “means that something much worse is coming.”
Some are linking it to Hamas’s name for its October 7 onslaught against Israel, “Al Aqsa Deluge,” or flood. Others point to recent reports that the IDF is considering flooding Hamas’s subterranean tunnel network with seawater to force out the terrorists.