Groups of Palestinians have been attempting to cross the former buffer zone from Rafah into Egypt in the last hour. During one such attempt a Palestinian was killed by gunfire from Egyptian border guards while in another incident one man was injured and has been taken to hospital in the Sinai.
There is currently severe congestion to the south of the Palestinian DCL at Erez as thousands of people descend on the northern settlement block. This situation is expected to continue, as Fatah is calling for supporters to march from Jabalia to the northern block after third prayers.
The Director of Rafah passenger terminal has confirmed to OCHA that the terminal remains closed for all movement in and out of Gaza and it is still not clear when passage will be possible for Palestinians via Kerem Shalom. Negotiations continue between Israel and the PA over this proposed crossing point.
Engineers from the local municipalities are currently preparing to reopen the Rafah-west Khan Younis road and Salah ed Din road-Netzarim junction. Both roads have been closed by Israeli imposed restrictions for most of the last five years.
Synagogues were set ablaze by Palestinians earlier this morning in the former settlements of Netzarim, Kfar Darom and Morag. On Sunday, the Israeli cabinet took the decision to leave the synagogues in place rather than destroy them.
The hand over of settlements started after midnight:
1:10 am The Palestinian security forces and intelligence entered Morag settlement with some supporters. The tank outside Atzmona settlement fired at least 6 flare lights with sporadic shooting at the opposite area.
1:33 am The tank at Tofah and Neve Dekalim settlement started to leave under a cover of heavy shooting.
2 am The security forces started to enter Tel Qatif settlement and security forces at Zahra city.
2:20 am The security forces entered Netzarim settlement.
2:33 am The security forces started to enter the Erez industrial zone from the main gate and hundreds of people from Beit Hanoun moved to the custom area to celebrate the pullout. The security forces at the coastal road entered Dugit from the western side.
3:21 am The security forces now entered Kfar Darom settlement.