Border towns press IDF to enter Gaza

Gaza periphery residents plan to petition the HCJ to force use of ground forces.

April 17, 2006 13:07
Border towns press IDF to enter Gaza

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Residents of communities bordering the Gaza Strip said Monday that they intended to petition the High Court of Justice to order an IDF ground incursion into the Gaza Strip. "We must stop the Kassam rocket attacks," community spokespeople said.

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On Sunday, residents of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai decided to form a committee aimed at pressuring the Defense Ministry and the Home Front Command to defend the kibbutz's Hofim Elementary School. Members of the committee threatened to keep pupils home from school if security measures weren't taken, Army Radio reported. The IDF told the committee that a special budget had been set aside for the defense of Gaza periphery communities. Specifically, the IDF said that it had plans that would provide for children aged six and under, and that the army would soon provide upgraded security for some of the Kibbutz Yad Mordechai high school classrooms. The IDF said that it did not intend to upgrade the security in the kibbutz's elementary school on the kibbutz beyond those already in place, due to building limitations.

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