17 June 2001

Easing of restrictions for Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Following the declaration on the implementation of the understandings agreed upon in the Tenet Document, the IDF has taken the following steps to ease restrictions for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip:

Troop Redeployments:

  • Tanks have been pulled back in the vicinity of Netzarim Junction, north of the Kissufim crossing, in the vicinity of Gush Katif Junction, in the vicinity of Surda, near Herodian, near the IDF Shdema base, near the community of Beit Hagai, and in Hebron.

    Roads:

  • IDF roadblocks north of Nablus, near the villages of Beit Furik and Surda, near the community of Itamar, and two in the Jordan Valley have been opened for Palestinian traffic.
  • IDF roadblocks have been lifted north of Nablus, at two points in the Jordan Valley, and at several places throughout the Gaza Strip.
  • The eastern road of Bethlehem and a road in Hebron have been opened to traffic.
  • The Allenby and Rafah international crossing points have been opened for civilian and commercial traffic.
  • The Adam Bridge has been opened for the transportation of goods.

    Commercial traffic:

  • All goods, including building materials and agricultural products, both imports and exports, are being allowed to pass through the Karni crossing point.
  • The importation into the West Bank of goods offloaded from Israeli vehicles to Palestinian vehicles is being permitted at special crossing points.
  • The export of goods offloaded from Palestinian vehicles in the West Bank to Israeli vehicles, in accordance with procedures, is being allowed in specific cases.
  • Gas and fuels are being transported to the Palestinian Authority.
  • All goods from harbors are being allowed into the Palestinian Authority.
  • The authorized fishing zone along the Gaza Strip has been extended from three miles to six miles from the coast.

    Civilian traffic:

  • VIP movement to Israel and between the West Bank and Gaza is permitted subject to authorization.

    The IDF will continue to implement its part of the understandings and will ease restrictions wherever the peace is maintained. The IDF Spokesperson emphasizes that the IDF will do whatever is necessary to end the violence and restore the peace in places where the shooting incidents and agreement violations continue.