In accordance with the Government decision of January 2003 in which the IDF will assume security responsibility for both sides of the seam line area, today (April 13, 2003), security responsibility officially reverted to the IDF from the Border Police.

The responsibilities were transferred following lengthy, joint general staff work in which new areas of responsibility were established for the IDF and Border Police in the western portion of the seam line.

As part of these changes, several Border Police companies currently operating in the seam line area will now come under IDF command.