An evacuation order covering more than one-million people in Gaza’s been described by the United Nations as ‘impossible’ and by the Red Cross as incompatible with international law.

Israel’s given the instruction ahead of what’s widely expected to be the start of a ground offensive following last weekend’s attacks by Hamas.

There are few options to leave, and Gaza’s without food and electricity.

Thousands have died on both sides.

Kingston Synagogue’s Rabbi has issued a statement.

In it, he says he wants to emphasise that the Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza is not “retaliation.”

Rabbi Mandelbaum says the incorrect term described in much of the media implies gratuitous revenge.

He continues to say the Israeli government’s expressed objectives are to rescue hostages and remove Hamas to prevent future atrocities.