Ofra Residents: IDF 'Forgot' Alternative Security Arrangements

Residents of Ofra continued to protest the removal of security fences around the town by the IDF

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David Lev,

Removing security fence of Ofra
Removing security fence of Ofra
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Residents of Ofra in the Binyamin region on Thursday morning continued to protest the removal of security fences around the town by the IDF. Residents said that the army had promised to increase patrols around the town and to install security cameras and other high-tech equipment to monitor the area, but that many of the promises had not materialized.

Fences around Ofra, as well as around the town of Adam, were taken down one month ago after Palestinian Authority resident Arabs claimed ownership of land within the fences. The PA residents filed a suit to the Supreme Court with help from the far-left Yesh Din organization arguing that the fences had been put up without authorization and prevented them from accessing their land. The court ordered the fences taken down.

According to Ofra residents, the IDF promised “alternative security arrangements” to protect the town, which many fear will be easily infiltrated by terrorists. “But they have not kept their word,” the residents said. “The cameras they promised were not installed, the new fence they said they would put up is not here, the electronic detection equipment has not arrived yet. Right now the entire southern end of the town is completely permeable.

“We are praying that we will not have to pay the price for the foolish decisions made by the IDF Central Command,” the residents said.