After quiet overnight, IDF says ‘anything can happen,’ will assess Home Front instructions

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Soldiers block a road near the border with Gaza, southern Israel, on May 9, 2023 (Flash90)
Soldiers block a road near the border with Gaza, southern Israel, on May 9, 2023 (Flash90)

The Israel Defense Forces says that while there was no rocket fire overnight, restrictions will remain in place for residents closest to the Gaza Strip.

“We did not see a rocket fired at Israel, this is a consequence of the IDF’s surprise action against Islamic Jihad,” IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari tells Army Radio.

“Anything else can happen today. We will assess the situation on whether to ease the instructions for the residents,” he adds.

The Home Front Command has left in place restrictions on movement and gathering for people living within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Gaza, with officials estimating that a rocket barrage or other type of attack is only a matter of time.

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