The Israeli army has decided to announce the Gaza Strip a closed military zone for Jewish settlers and Israelis as of Aug. 14, Israel Radio reported Wednesday.
The radio quoted security sources as saying that the Israeli army would only allow the settlers to evacuate from the Gaza Strip, but entry into the occupied area would be denied.
The radio also quoted Israeli army Southern Command Brigadier-General Guy Tsur as saying that settlers who refuse to leave voluntarily before forced evacuations begin on Aug. 17 their homes would be demolished and they would loose their homes contents.
The sources said that the Israeli disengagement from Gaza formally begins on Aug. 15 and the settlers must evacuate in two days or the Israeli police and army would enforce evacuation.
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