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IDF says now safe for residents of towns at least 4 kilometers from Gaza to return home

The IDF says it has formulated a new “security position” concerning the return of residents to communities near the border with the Gaza Strip, after they had been displaced following Hamas’s October 7 attack.

  • According to the IDF’s position, it is safe for residents to return to communities that are more than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the Gaza border, along with 18 communities in the 0- to 4-kilometer range.

The 18 border communities are Zikim, Karmia, Yad Mordechai, Erez, Or Haner, Ibim, Sderot, Nir Am, Gevim, Mefalsim, Sa’ad, Alumim, Reim, Magen, Nir Yitzhak, Shlomit, Naveh and Bnei Netzarim.

The IDF’s position still warns that there is “no complete absence of risks,” noting that there still may be rocket fire from Gaza on border towns.

The IDF says plans to allow the return of residents to the Gaza border communities are being formulated in joint discussions between the Home Front Command and local authorities, with the decision on the timing being made individually for each locale and according to an updated situation assessment

  • Some residents of border communities have already returned to their homes, while many others remain in state-funded hotels or with relatives.

Source: TOI