Palestinian Farmers Allowed to Come Closer to Border Fence


farmerAfter the Gaza operation, the Israel Defense Forces is allowing Palestinians greater access to areas near the border with Israel. They can now approach to within 100 meters of the border fence instead of 300 meters. Under new rules of engagement, soldiers may try to arrest any Palestinian who encroaches within 100 meters of the fence, and if he tries to harm the fence they may open fire – but only at his legs.

The army has been surprised by the almost total cessation of fire since the cease-fire was declared, except for three rockets fired into Israel from Gaza in the hour following the cease-fire. Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, head of the IDF Southern Command, said that presently “there is complete quiet in the field.”

{ Israel News Bureau}