Over 50,000 anti-disengagement protestors, who set out Monday on a three-day march from Netivot to Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip, awoke from their first night in Kfar Maimon surrounded by security forces. To prevent marchers from continuing, police and soldiers closed all entrances to Kfar Maimon. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz instructed security forces to take all measures to prevent marchers from hiking the final 15 kilometers (just over nine miles) to the Kissufim Crossing at the entrance to Gush Katif. The army, with the government’s approval, declared Gush Katif a closed military zone.
After talks with leaders of the Yesha Council (Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza strip), police raised the level of alert to emergency. Settler leader Pinhas Wallerstein told Israel Army Radio that the march would continue to its destination.
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