Residents of the communities surrounding Gaza are in an uproar over the Ministry of Defense's withdrawing their IDF security and leaving them to fend for themselves on Thursday, a move which accompanied clashes with terrorists that night in which 5 soldiers were wounded.
Alon Shuster, head of the Sha'ar Hanegev council, said following the skirmish "the last of the soldiers left the communities adjacent to the Gaza border today in the worst possible timing."
Yedioth Ahronot reports that at a ceremony held Thursday as the soldiers left, one resident said "we don't know what will happen now, we feel abandoned and worry about our future."
Yifat Ben Shoshan, resident of Netiv HaAsara, shared her fears with Arutz Sheva. She said she has sent her small children to live with their grandparents four houses further away from the barrier wall. According to her, the protest will continue until the soldiers return.
The protest against the move began Wednesday following the decision to remove security from 13 isolated villages surrounding Gaza. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said the decision did not stem from budget concerns but was rather a "strategic move."
The controversial withdrawal was immediately followed by an attack Thursday night in which 5 IDF soldiers were injured by terrorists. The soldiers were ambushed as they were demolishing a terror tunnel leading from Gaza into an Israeli kibbutz. 4 Hamas terrorists were killed in the ensuing firefight.