Senior IDF Commander Tal Rosso signed an order Monday, declaring the area which includes the Ketziot prison in southern Israel, as well as all border crossings into the Gaza Strip a “closed military zone” in the lead up to the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, set to take place on Tuesday.
The zones will be closed to all except residents of the local towns, and will include all routes through which Palestinian prisoners are slated to be transferred and expelled to other countries, as well as the route through which Shalit will be brought back to Israel.
Furthermore, the order will apply to the press in order to prevent the distribution of images of Shalit from the moment he is brought back to Israel until he is reunited with his family. Soldiers guarding the areas through which Shalit will be transferred will have their cell phones temporarily confiscated.
Shalit’s transfer will be photographed solely by the IDF Spokesperson unit, as well as the Government Press Office. The edited photographs will be released to the press immediately after Shalit is reunited with his family in the Tel Nof military base in central Israel.
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