The Prime Minister and Minister of Defense have ordered the evacuation of the residents of the Gaza Strip to commence on August 17, 2005. The evacuation was completed on August 22.
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman and Israel Police)
In accordance with article 22A of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005, the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense have ordered that today, August 17, 2005, the evacuation of the residents of the Gaza Strip will commence.
IDF, Border Police and Israeli Police forces have been operating since the early morning hours in several Israeli communities who have yet to evacuate and are asking of the residents and citizens to act in accordance with the law and evacuate the area via the IDF organized transportation.
The evacuating forces are prepared to meet the citizens’ resistance to the evacuation and they will operate with all due sensitivity and determination needed to fully complete the mission.
The IDF and Israeli Police continue to be on high alert in order to provide an immediate response to any security threats or disturbances that may arise.
Map of Gush Katif settlements in the Gaza Strip
Map of settlements in northern Gaza Strip
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New procedures for entry into the Gaza Strip
August 22, 2005
Effective from August 15, 2005 entry to the Gaza Strip was forbidden according by order of the Government.
The entry procedures for former residents, volunteers and members of the press, into the Gaza Strip, will become more stringent as of tomorrow, August 23, 2005.
The entry of civilians into evacuated communities, for the purpose of supervising the packing of belongings will take place in a centralized and coordinated manner in each community and will be conditioned on the holding of a letter from the IDF and the disengagement administration of the government, SELA.
Entry into the Gaza Strip will only be on buses, the pick-up location will be given in the letter aforementioned. No private vehicles will be allowed into the Gaza Strip, except those who have been granted special permission by the permit office, and only in exceptional circumstances.
The IDF will reopen the permit office that will distribute all entry permits needed to help with the removal of agricultural or business infrastructure and will attend to any mitigating circumstances.
The telephone number of the permit office is: 08-9927272
Members of the press that have permanent infrastructure in the Gaza Strip are required to remove it from the Gaza Strip by 10pm. Entry of the press into the Gaza Strip will only be done in organized IDF Spokesperson’s Unit shuttles that will leave from the Eshkol Media Centre.
The IDF and Israel Police are in constant contact with representatives of the evacuated communities leaders.
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Summary for 17 August 1005
On the first day of enforced evacuation as part of the disengagement, 17 August 2005, IDF and Israel Police forces have been evacuating 6 communities – Neve Dekalim, Ganei Tal, Bedolah, Morag, Tel Katifa and Kerem Atzmona.
The evacuation process of the residents of the community of Tel Katifa has been completed, according to paragraph 22 B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.
Joint IDF and Israel Police forces began evacuating the residents of Tel Katifa this morning and completed in the afternoon hours, no injuries were reported throughout the process.
The community of Tel Katifa was the home of 16 families prior to the beginning of the implementation of the Disengagement. On the day of evacuation, 156 Israeli civilians remained in the community and were evacuated by the IDF and Israel police forces. During the evacuation process, two civilians were arrested, and will be questioned by the Israel police.
Tel Katifa is the first community to be fully evacuated since the order to evacuate by force came into effect. The evacuees exited the Gaza Strip in seven buses, while the security forces enabled residents who asked to leave in their private vehicles to do so.
The evacuation of the all the civilians present at communities of Kerem Atzmona, Morag, Bedolah and Ganei Tal has been completed, according to paragraph 22B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.
This morning, joint IDF and Israel Police forces began evacuating the residents of Morag, Ganei Tal and Atzmona and completed the evacuation during the evening hours. The evacuation of the community of Kerem Atzmona began today at noon and was completed in the evening hours. A female soldier was lightly wounded after she was stabbed with a medical needle by a civilian during the evacuation of Morag .
Prior to the beginning of the implementation of the disengagement, the community of Morag was the home of 34 families, the community of Kerem Atzmona was the home of 12 families, the community of Ganei Tal was the home of 85 families, and the community of Bedolah was the home of 35 families. Today, 178 Israeli civilians were evacuated from Morag, 43 Israeli civilians were evacuated from Kerem Atzmona, 450 Israeli civilians were evacuated from Ganei Tal, and 240 Israeli civilians were evacuated from the community of Bedolah.
Summary for 18 August 1005
On August 18, 2005, the evacuation of the residents of the communities of Kfar Hayam, Shirat Hayam, Neve Dekalim, Kfar Darom, Netzer Hazani, and Gan Or has been completed, according to article 22B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.
Joint IDF and Israel Police forces began evacuating the residents and non-residents at noon and completed the evacuation in the evening. Over 450 Israeli civilians were evacuated from the communities.
The community of Shirat Hayam was home to 12 families prior to the Disengagement. Dozens of additional families had gathered in the territory of the community of Kfar Hayam prior to the beginning of the evacuation of the Gaza Strip communities.
On the day of evacuation, dozens of Israelis, some of them possessing weapons, barricaded themselves in a house. As a result of negotiations, the barricaded protesters handed their weapons to the evacuating forces, and all those present in the house were evacuated by the security forces.
During the evacuation of Kfar Hayam several Israelis escaped towards the sea, where, following negotiations they were removed by naval forces from the water.
Joint IDF and Israel Police forces began evacuating the residents of Neve Dekalim on Wednesday, August 17, 2005, and completed the evacuation in the last few hours.
During the last two days 1,850 Israeli civilians were evacuated from the community of Neve Dekalim, some left of their own accord in their private cars, some facilitated by the IDF buses, and some after resisting the security forces.
IDF and police forces entered the community on Wednesday and began the evacuation, the climax of which was in the evacuation of the community’s central synagogue complex, in which 500 Israeli citizens had barricaded themselves in. The demonstrators refused to evacuate willingly, despite repeated attempts at dialogue by the IDF and police commanders. After these failed, joint IDF and police forces forced their way into the synagogue and evacuated the demonstrators.
Joint IDF and Israel Police forces began evacuating the residents of Kfar Darom this morning and completed in the evening hours. Over 655 Israelis were evacuated from the community, 160 assailants were arrested by Israel Police forces.
During the evacuation process hundreds of people barricaded themselves in several areas in the community. The evacuation of the religious seminary in the community was relatively quick, and afterwards the forces completed the evacuation of over 70 Israelis who barricaded themselves in the vegetable factory.
Approximately 200 civilians, most of them youngsters, were evacuated from the community’s synagogue, after repeated attempts by IDF to have the people leave willingly failed.
While moving to evacuate the protesters who were barricading on the synagogue’s roof, the forces encountered exceptionally aggressive resistance; the protesters hurled eggs, paint containers diluted with oil, tar, and substance presumed to be acid at the forces. 31 soldiers and policemen were lightly wounded; some of them were hit by the substance presumed to be acid.
During the evacuation, an IDF armored vehicle accidentally hit a water pipe near the community of Kfar Darom, and the water supply to the community was cut off. Until the pipe was fixed the security forces supplied bottled water to those in the community.
Netzer Hazani was home to 80 families. The evacuation began during the morning hours and ended in the evening hours. During the day over 600 Israelis were evacuated.
As the security forces entered the community, protesters set the gate of the community on fire and hurled stones and bottles filled with paint at the forces. In a short period of time the forces gained control of the fire and began the evacuation.
Once the evacuation was completed, the residents held a short ceremony and then left the community in an honorable manner.
Gan Or was inhabited by 57 families when the Disengagement Law went into effect.
The evacuation began in the morning of August 18 and ended in the evening hours. During the day 350 Israelis were evacuated from the community.
During the process of the evacuation dozens of Israelis gathered in the synagogue for a few hours, during the late afternoon the security forces entered the synagogue and evacuated all 180 people inside.
Summary for 19 August 1005
Today, August 19, 2005, the evacuation of all the civilians located in the community of Gadid has been completed, according to paragraph 22B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.
This morning, joint IDF and Israel Police forces entered the community of Gadid and began evacuating the civilians located within it.
Prior to the beginning of the implementation of the disengagement, the community of Gadid was the home of 63 families.
During the evacuation, security forces evacuated around 50 civilians who had isolated themselves in the synagogue of the community. In addition, civilians who stood on rooftops hurled objects at the evacuating forces. A civilian who threw oil at the forces, slipped and fell from the roof, lightly to moderately wounding herself. The civilian was taken to hospital for treatment by an IDF ambulance.
A total of around 300 civilians were today evacuated from the community of Gadid.
The community of Gadid is the twelfth community to have been evacuated of all residents and non-residents, by IDF and Police forces.
Due to the sanctity of the Sabbath, evacuation activities will cease today, Friday, August 19, 2005.
The IDF will maintain routine security obligations including securing the residents in the Israeli communities in the Gaza Strip, as usual.
At the start of next week, IDF and Israel Police forces will resume the evacuation process.
Summary for 21 August 2005
On August 21, 2005, the residents of the communities of Atzmona, Katif and Slav in Gush Katif and of the communities of Elei Sinai and Nisanit in the northern Gaza Strip were evacuated, in accordance with the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.
IDF forces began entering the Gush Katif communities in the early hours of the morning and later at noon the communities of Dugit, Nisanit and Elei Sinai in the northern Gaza strip, following the decision of the Israeli government to evacuate these communities.
The community of Elei Sinai was home to 74 families before disengagement. Throughout the day, IDF and Israel Police forces evacuated the community’s synagogue, in which 10 protestors were present. 200 additional residents and civilians evacuated themselves willingly via their private vehicles. Near evening, following a farewell ceremony, the residents vacated the community with assistance from the IDF and Israel Police.
The community of Atzmona was home to 83 families before disengagement. During the day, 635 civilians were evacuated and taken out of the Gaza strip on 15 buses under the auspices of the security forces, and in private vehicles. Tonight, after a closing prayer was held by the residents at the community’s synagogue and after the Torah was removed, the residents left the community with assistance from the IDF and Israel Police.
The community of Nisanit was home to 240 families before disengagement. Three families evacuated by themselves via their private vehicles and 100 additional civilians present were evacuated via the security forces buses.
The community of Katif was home to 61 families before disengagement. IDF and Israel Police forces arrived at the community this morning, and were forced to extinguish a fire which had been lit in order to burn the front gate. The IDF and the police also had to remove obstacles which had been placed in the way of forces in order to disrupt the entry of engineering machinery. Following a prayer service conducted by the residents in the community synagogue this afternoon the residents evacuated themselves, some of them willingly, with the assistance of the IDF and Israel Police forces present. 370 civilians were evacuated via security forces buses and the remaining civilians left with their private vehicles.
The community of Slav was home to 12 families prior to the disengagement. IDF and Israel Police forces arrived at the community the commanders in field and the community leaders reached an agreement according to which the residents will evacuate themselves willingly. Following a parting prayer service held by the residents at the community’s synagogue the residents evacuated themselves with assistance from the IDF and Israel Police forces.
So far, IDF and Israeli Police forces have evacuated 20 communities from the Gaza Strip.
Summary for 22 August 2005
Today, August 22, 2005, the evacuation of the all the civilians present in the community of Netzarim has been completed in accordance with paragraph 22B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.
The community of Netzarim was home to 64 families prior to the disengagement.
IDF and Israel Police forces arrived this morning at the community and asked the residents to evacuate the premises as a result some of the residents left the community independently. The remaining residents gathered at the community’s synagogue by noon, as coordinated between the IDF and the leadership of the community. The residents said a joint prayer with the IDF forces that secured the community, took the Torah books out of the synagogue and took a last walk through the community.
After the evacuation process began this afternoon, about 750 citizens were evacuated in buses of the security forces buses and the rest left the community with their private vehicles.