Home Front Command eases restrictions on gatherings in some Gaza border towns

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

The IDF Home Front Command has lifted some restrictions on residents of Gaza Strip border communities, following a new situational assessment.

Home Front Command restrictions issued June 19, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

Since October 7, gatherings in all Gaza border communities had been restricted to 100 people outdoors, and educational activities were prohibited. The IDF later lifted some of those restrictions in select communities.

As part of the latest changes, the military has decided that in several communities near the border, there will be no restrictions on education activities and gatherings will now be allowed to be attended by up to 1,000 people.

“However, in a number of communities, restrictions will remain in place for educational activities, gatherings, workplaces and essential economic activities,” the army says, providing a list of the towns.

It adds that “the changes in the Home Front Command’s defensive guidelines are intended to ease restrictions on the home front in accordance with the operational situational assessment and will allow the reinforcement of agriculture, economy and education, alongside the preservation of human life.”

Further instructions and guidelines can be found on the Home Front Command’s website or mobile application.

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