IDF withdraws most troops from Gaza
Haaretz is reporting that the IDF has withdrawn most of its troops from Gaza
The Israel Defense Forces has withdrawn most of its troops from
Gaza's battle zones on Sunday, although no official order has been
issued to end Operation Protective Edge.
The military's Southern Command is concerned over possible sniper attacks on soldiers near the enclave's border.
forces that remain in Gaza are working on destroying one more tunnel
near Rafah. Other units are operating in Beit Hanun. The IDF has decided
to keep some forces within Gaza to protect Israeli communities near the
A senior officer said
on Sunday morning that a security zone within the enclave "should be
maintained for defense purposes, and we are prepared to attack as well."
The units that have withdrawn from the Strip remain near the border.
officials say that IDF reservists have yet to be released in a sweeping
manner, although some have been sent home for periods of rest. The
military continues to define the area near Gaza's border, east of Route
232, as a closed military zone. No order has been issued with regard to
the operation's completion, the officials said.
Sounds like we're going to leave a few troops on the border to maintain a security zone. If that term sounds familiar, think southern Lebanon. What could go wrong?
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, IDF, Operation Protective Edge, Southern Lebanon