In the framework of contacts being held with Palestinian security officials, IDF troops exited the Beit Hanoun area in the northern Gaza Strip last night (June 29, 2003), thereby transferring security responsibility to the Palestinian Authority.

The IDF has obligated itself to cooperate fully in order to ensure the success of this process, and will be closely monitoring the activities of the Palestinian security forces.

The IDF continues to be committed to the security and welfare of the citizens of Israel and will employ all legal measures at its disposal to meet this commitment.