This morning, Monday, September 12, 2005, at 7:00 AM, IDF forces completed their exit from the Gaza Strip, within the framework of the Disengagement Plan, as decided upon by the Israeli government.

 Exit of IDF Forces from the Gaza Strip completed


Photo: GPO

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

The movement of the IDF forces out of the Gaza Strip was carried out in organized convoys which exited simultaneously from four different locations: from the northern Gaza Strip via "Magen 13" crossing (near the evacuated community of Elei Sinai), from the evacuated community of Netzarim via the Karni crossing, from the area of Gush Katif and the evacuated community of Kfar Darom via the Kissufim crossing, and from the Philadelphi Corridor (the Israeli-Egyptian border, near Rafah) via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The completion of the exit of the IDF forces from the Gaza Strip ends the Israeli presence in the Gaza Strip, which began 38 years and three months ago, during the Six Day War, in June 1967.

From this point on, the full responsibility for events occurring in the Gaza Strip and for thwarting terror attacks against Israeli targets will be in the hands of the Palestinian Authority and its apparatuses.

This morning, the relocation of IDF forces along the new deployment lines surrounding the Gaza Strip will be completed, in order to provide the residents of the area with necessary security and protection.

Declaration regarding end of military rule in Gaza Strip

Tonight, September 12, 2005 the Head of the Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Dan Harel signed a declaration stating the end of military rule in the Gaza Strip. This follows the evacuation of all IDF forces from the region and the handing over of control of the region to the Palestinian Authority; in accordance with the decision of the Israeli Government.

This declaration annuls the declaration signed June 6, 1967 by the former Head of the Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yishayahu Gavish declaring the start of military rule in the area.

This is the final legislative act taken by an IDF commander in the Gaza Strip after 38 years of IDF presence in the region.

Since 1967, 87 Israeli civilians and 179 members of the Israeli security forces were killed in the Gaza Strip – of these 43 civilians and 97 members of the security forces were killed since September 2000. In addition, 1,074 civilians and 3,777 members of the security forces were wounded since 1967. Of these, 749 civilians and 668 members of the security forces were wounded since September 2000.