Israel plans controversial Gaza buffer zone
January 25, 2024 - With the aim of allowing Israeli residents to return to their homes, the IDF is establishing a buffer zone up to 1km wide within Palestinian territory, which critics have described as a “land grab”.
Lax enforcement of the 300m buffer that had existed up to October 7 - which Palestinians were allowed to farm - has been blamed in part for Hamas’ infiltration during the deadly attacks, and Israeli officials have been talking about creating a security zone from which Palestinians would be barred since the early stages of the war.
An estimated 1,100 of the 2,850 buildings believed to be within the buffer have been destroyed already as IDF engineers clear the area. However, Israel suffered the deadliest day of its ground operation on Jan 22 when 21 soldiers were killed while demolishing two buildings to clear a path for the buffer zone near Maghazi in central Gaza.
- Israel demolishes buildings to create buffer zone within Gaza (Financial Times)
- Israel's Bloodiest Day in Gaza Raises Questions Over What Comes Next (Haaretz)
- Israeli Soldiers Clearing Buffer Zone in Gaza Die in Blast (New York Times)
- What to know about Israel’s controversial ‘buffer zone’ in Gaza (Washington Post)