IDF shuts access to area around Shokeda near Gaza border

Residents of Shokeda plant a tree after returning to their moshav from  temporary accommodations in Neve Ilan on February 8, 2024. (Nehorai Samimi)
Residents of Shokeda plant a tree after returning to their moshav from temporary accommodations in Neve Ilan on February 8, 2024. (Nehorai Samimi)

The army says it is declaring a swath of land outside Gaza a closed military zone starting at midnight, restricting access to the area.

The order covers areas near the community of Shokeda, some 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) outside of Gaza. Much of the area between Shokeda and Gaza, including the devastated kibbutzim Beeri and Nahal Oz, have been closed off since October 7.

Shokeda residents were okayed to return in early February.

At the same time, the army says it is lifting restrictions around the community of Gvaram, some 7 kilometers north of Gaza.

The order will remain in place until June 27 at least, the army says.

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