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IDF keeps safety restrictions on Gaza-area residents in place, for now

Despite the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza appearing to hold for the first hour, the IDF says it is keeping special safety instructions in place for now for residents of areas near the Gaza Strip.

That means educational facilities in towns near the Gaza Strip will remain closed, gatherings will be largely banned and residents will still need to remain close to bomb shelters.

Slightly looser restrictions are in place for the rest of the northern Negev and part of the Lachish region.

Officially, the restrictions are valid until 6 p.m. Monday, but the army says it will reassess in the morning.

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