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Traffic jams expected in south
Photo: Shaul Golan
Police to set up roadblocks in south
As pullout approaches, police and army step up preparations. On Sunday, police to set up roadblocks in south of the country in bid to prevent infiltrators from reaching Gush Katif. Heavy traffic jams expected
Heavy traffic jams are expected in the south of the country starting Sunday, as police forces are deployed in the area ahead of the pullout. Officers will set up roadblocks at various thoroughfares in order to prevent anti-disengagement infiltrators from reaching Gush Katif.

 

Police officials refused to specify where the checkpoints will be set up and which communities are expected to suffer most heavily as a result of the strict measures.

 

Some of the roads expected to be closed tomorrow are the ones leading to the southern towns of Sderot, Netivot, and Ofakim. Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal told Ynet in response: "Life will not be as it was yesterday. We'll have to wait in roadblocks, stand in line, and show identity cards. It's going to be intolerable."

 

"The closer you'll get to the town, the more roadblocks there will be – in fact, we're really surrounded by them," Moyal said. "Residents will be very irritable."

 

High alert in Jerusalem

 

Meanwhile, police forces will move to an emergency deployment across the country Sunday, with all vacations being canalled and the fifth and sixth pullout rings around Gush Katif being deployed.

 

Police in Jerusalem have already declared a high alert Saturday ahead of Tisha B'Av. Officials decided to limit the age of Muslim worshippers at the Temple Mount and deploy in force around the Old City in a bid to prevent clashes and disruptions to the public order.

 

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