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Gaza Disengagement Plan: Guidelines for Entry of Israeli Citizens into Gaza Strip

(September 21, 2005)

Guidelines for entry of media personnel holding Israeli citizenship into the Gaza Strip

In light of the current situation in the Gaza Strip following the evacuation of all IDF forces and the security risk involved in entering the area, the presence of Israeli citizens inside the Gaza Strip is prohibited.

However, specific members of the public, allowed in the past to enter the territories in the Gaza Strip under PA jurisdiction may now submit requests for special entry permits. Media personnel holding Israeli citizenship may enter the Gaza Strip with advance coordination with the IDF Spokesperson Office. Media personnel are encouraged to contact the IDF Spokesperson's office prior to their arrival at the Erez Crossing to allow sufficient time for authorization.

The IDF strongly emphasizes that those entering the Gaza Strip are endangering their personal safety, for which they are assuming complete responsibility.

In light of the abovementioned, bureau chiefs and media personnel holding an Israeli citizenship are required to sign a Letter of Warning, Undertaking and Indemnity.

Sources: IMRA