The settlement area of the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank becomes a closed military zone on Sunday night August 14 at midnight (5 p.m. EDT),
marking the start of the withdrawal, the first time Israel will pull out of land Palestinians want for a future state.
Major General Dan Harel of the Southern Command addressed residents of the Gaza Strip in a letter:
“After midnight on the 14th of August, continued stay in the Gaza Strip will be considered illegal“.
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Entry and presence in the Gaza Strip from that point on is prohibited to all
, unless they are escorted by the IDF. (Journalists will be allowed to move freely within the settlement to which they are assigned,
but will not be allowed to travel between settlements)
To prevent people from entering the territory, Israeli authorities set up roadblocks across southern Israel and cut off bus services to Gush Katif /
Jewish settlements in Gaza for first time in decades; authorities set up a cordon of roadblocks in southern Israel today to prevent the opponents from
interfering with the pullout.
On early Monday morning, the Yad l'Ahim (Brotherly Hand) operation will start: the troops will go from home to home, knock on doors and
tell settlers they have 48 hours to leave their homes.
Two days later, soldiers will begin forcibly removing any settlers still there.
This is what the evacuation notice
to be read by IDF officers as they approach
settler homes starting August 17
will sound like:
“I, (rank and name), came here in accordance with a government decision and by law. I ask you to accompany me to the bus that will take you away. I
am aware of the difficulty and pain associated with leaving your homes. If you need any help in carrying objects I have a team with me that would
assist you. 'There will be dialogue'
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Dan Halutz:
About 55,000 Israeli soldiers and police were expected to take part
"Soldiers and police officers can weep and feel pain along with the evacuees. We will act benevolently and will respect logical requests that
don't adversely affecting the mission. We are far removed from violence. There is no battle here, and we don't want to defeat anyone,"(www.haaretz.com..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">haaretz)
in the pullout from the 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip and four others in
the northern West Bank.
Some of the troops will remove the settlers from their homes, others will prevent Jewish protesters from interfering and still others will guard
against attacks by Palestinian militants trying to create the impression they are driving the Israelis out.
About 20,000 Palestinian police and security forces are on high alert
, ~ 7,500 of them were deployed Sunday near the settlements (southern
Gaza) to protect settlers from terrorists. Egyptian security experts will be monitoring the Palestinian deployment. The Egyptians arrived at the Strip
Israeli and Palestinian officials opened a joint operations centre on the Gaza border to help them respond rapidly to any violence.
Israel promised to retaliate harshly if fired on during the pullout.
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