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Sunday, August 03, 2014

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Haaretz is reporting that the IDF has withdrawn most of its troops from Gaza.
The Israel Defense Forces has withdrawn most of its troops from Gaza's battle zones on Sunday, although no official order has been issued to end Operation Protective Edge.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.
Israeli 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 border. 
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The units that have withdrawn from the Strip remain near the border.
Military 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? 

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At 3:43 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

While rockets are still being fired?


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