(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Following the recent events in the city of Hebron the Head of the Central Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Nave, signed a decree today, January 16, 2006, declaring the area of the Jewish community in the city of Hebron and the roads leading to it as a closed military zone.

Over the course of the past few days hundreds of Israeli citizens have participated in violent riots and incidents of public disorder in the Jewish community in Hebron. These riots and disorders included the use of physical and verbal violence, the hurling of rocks, eggs and paint at Israeli security forces, endangering their personal safety and harming Palestinian residents and their property.

Following these incidents the Head of the Central Command has signed a decree forbidding the entry and presence of Israeli and foreign civilians who are not residents of the Jewish community in Hebron into that area.

This decree expires on January 22, 2006.

Civilians who are not residents of the area in question and who under special circumstances wish to enter the closed military zone may submit a request with the Judea regional brigade and receive an entry permit.