BETHLEHEM – Israeli troops in towns near Gaza were to leave their posts on Sunday for the first time since the end of Israel’s recent assault on Gaza, Israeli media reported.
The decision angered local Israeli residents who feared cross-border attacks from Gaza militants, according to the news site Ynet.
Other protective measures will be put into place as the soldiers leave, such as electronic fences, the report said.
Soldiers will remain stationed in the towns of Nahal Oz, Kerem Shalom, and Netiv HaSara, it added.
Israel’s 50-day military offensive on Gaza last summer killed more than 2,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to an end-of-year report by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health.
Militants in Gaza killed some 73 people on the Israeli side, most of whom were soldiers who crossed into the Strip for a ground invasion. – BERNAMA-NNN-MA’AN