Commander of the Southern Command: As of Midnight 14/08/05, Staying in the Gaza Strip Will be Ill…

Major General Dan Harel of the Southern Command addressed residents of the Gaza Strip in a letter: „In accordance with the law to actualize the disengagement plan, 2005, and in accordance with the government’s decision and the order of the Prime Minister, residents have been asked to clear out their houses and leave the Gaza Strip by midnight of the 14th of August, 2005. At this hour, the period of ‘willing evacuation’ will cease and the check point at the entrance of the Strip will be closed to entering citizens. After midnight on the 14th of August, continued stay in the Gaza Strip will be considered illegal. The letter went on to say that, „over the years the IDF has protected the Gaza communities with a sense of unity with the residents and a feeling that it was carrying out a national mission. So too now, during this operation, The IDF will act with a sense of commonality with the Gaza residents, sharing their journey and pain. With that said, the IDF as the army of a democratic country, will complete the mission in its entirety.” The Chief of Staff of the Southern Command, Brigadier General Guy Zur, also addressed a letter to Gaza residents, delineating the procedures to be followed by the army during the upcoming evacuation: „On the morning of the 15th of August 2005, security forces will arrive and give you orders to vacate your homes. Assistance will be given to residents who choose to leave before midnight of the 16th of August in order to make any last minute organization they need to do easier for them. Assistance will be given by soldiers and moving companies upon request to pack away personal belongings and public property (not including business property). Also, those who choose to leave before this time will be allowed to leave in their own private vehicles. Also, those who leave by the designated time will be able to choose how they part from their homes.” BPI-info