Special situation status in Gaza-vicinity communities lifted
Defense Minister Barak opts to end 'special situation in home front' applied to communities adjacent to Strip. Decision reinstates full civilian authorities' jurisdiction; made one month prior to ceasefire between Israel, Gaza militants' conclusion
A "special situation" order enables security forces to instruct the shutting down of schools, to operate essential industries and to close certain areas for traffic. The order was first applied on the Gaza communities in May 2007 and has since been extended several times.
The defense establishment opted not to lift the order when the ceasefire first took effect in an effort to reassess the new security situation it would entail.
The armistice has since been deemed successful, prompting the defense minister to decide against renewing the special situation status; opting instead to return all civil jurisdiction to the proper civilian authorities.
Should the need arise the defense minister can reinstate the order for an immediate 48-hour period, without the government's approval.