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  Philadelphi Route - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Philadelphi Route (corridor / buffer zone) was an IDF code name for the strip of land along the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.
One purpose of the Philadephi Route was to prevent the movement of illegal materials (including weapons, ammunition, illegal drugs) from Egypt into the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians in cooperation with some Egyptians have built smuggling tunnels under the Philadephi Route to move these into the Gaza Strip.
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 Philadelphi Route - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Philadephi Route (corridor / buffer zone) is a strip of land between Egypt and the Gaza Strip ceded to Israel by the Oslo Accords.
Palestinians in cooperation with some Egyptians have build smuggling tunnels under the Philadephi Route to move these into the Gaza Strip.
Recently, Israel has considered the option of digging a water-filled moat along the border, in order to prevent the digging of smuggling tunnels under it.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /philadelphi_route.htm   (524 words)

 The Conditions for Israel's Withdrawal by Ze'ev Schiff   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The siege, including the siege along the Philadelphi route, had military logic to it as it was intended to prevent arms smuggling, especially long-range weaponry that could hit Israeli cities far from the Gaza Strip, such as Ashkelon.
The date for the IDF withdrawal from the Philadelphi route, and also for the lifting of the siege, depends greatly on the Palestinians and the Egyptians.
The withdrawal from the Philadelphi route will also be of significance in connection with what happens along the sea border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip after the disengagement.
www.jerusalemites.org /articles/press/press1/97.htm   (678 words)

 Bridges for Peace - “Philadelphi Tunnel” Tender Published   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The route, which separates the southern Gaza Strip from Egypt, is used by terror organizations to smuggle weapons and terrorists.
The security establishment is concerned that once the IDF withdraws from the route, terrorists will be able to utilize it to their advantage without interruption.
The draft noted that withdrawal from the route could be considered in the future, in accordance with "security realities." Evacuation of the route in question is also conditioned upon the degree of cooperation with Egypt.
www.bridgesforpeace.com /modules.php?name=News&file=print&sid=1620   (419 words)

 The Jewish Tribune - Current News Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The soldiers were checking the tunnel’s route and planning to destroy it when the rain-soaked ground caved in, sending them 25 feet under the rubble.
The tunnel, under what is known as the Philadelphi Route, was discovered last month by IDF Wt.
The government has shown some willingness to turn control of the Philadelphi route over to the Palestinian Authority in the framework of the withdrawal plan, if the PA proves it can police the area.
www.bnaibrith.ca /tribune/jt-041209-24.html   (269 words)

Israel hopes that by demolishing the buildings and thereby widening the Philadelphi route, terrorists will find it more difficult to shoot at Israeli troops and tunnel construction would become more complicated, since the tunnels would have to be much longer.
According to Gissin, although the Philadelphi route was catapulted into the headlines just a week ago with the deaths of seven soldiers there, daily incidents have made it the "focal point" of the fight against terrorism and "the most intense theater of the war" for the last three-and-a-half years.
One idea that has been discussed is to dig a giant trench or moat along the Philadelphi route and fill it with sea water, but it would be very costly, he added.
www.crosswalk.com /news/1263272.html?view=print   (1007 words)

 Israeli tank kills 3 Egyptian policemen - (United Press International)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The shooting occurred at the Philadelphi route, a narrow Israeli wedge between the Egyptian Sinai and the Palestinian Gaza Strip that has seen almost a third of all the fighting during the intifada.
The Philadelphi route, comprises roads, fences, several highly fortified positions and a wall that prevent direct, unimpeded Palestinian access to Egypt.
If Israel does not leave the Philadelphi route when it pulls out of Gaza, it would probably expose itself to claims that its withdrawal was not complete.
washingtontimes.com /upi-breaking/20041118-042318-9348r.htm   (1016 words)

 Israel's Raid on Rafah and the Philadelphi Road
The purpose of the Israel Defense Forces operation in Rafah is to isolate the southern Palestinian city from the rest of Gaza to prevent the transfer of weapons that the Palestinians managed to smuggle in lately via the Philadelphi route, and to arrest contractors and experts builing the tunnels from Sinai into Rafah.
While the operations along the Philadelphi route are meant to broaden the corridor and demolish houses used by Palestinians as cover when they shoot near the road, the current operation's purpose is very different.
According to the agreements, Israel was left in control of a narrow strip of land - the Philadelphi Road - stretching for nine miles alongside the border.
www.aijac.org.au /updates/May-04/180504.html   (1965 words)

 Philadelphi Route -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Most of the tunnels are based in both sides of (Click link for more info and facts about Rafah) Rafah.
Recently, Israel has considered the option of digging a water-filled (Ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water) moat along the border, in order to prevent the digging of (Click link for more info and facts about smuggling tunnels) smuggling tunnels under it.
Israel has also considered letting (A republic in northeastern Africa known as the United Arab Republic until 1971; site of an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 30 BC) Egypt assume responsibility for security on the Philadephi Route and let Egyptian security officers fight the smuggling tunnels.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/ph/philadelphi_route.htm   (618 words)

 Palestinian Weapons Production and Smuggling: Rafah Smuggling Tunnels
However, the Accords stipulated that the IDF would retain control of a narrow strip of land (known as the "Philadelphi Route") between the area under Palestinian control and the border with Egypt.
The agreement was subsequently ratified by the Knesset and Egyptian troops deployed along Philadelphi in September.
In addition, the IDF detonated explosives along the route in an effort to cause the collapse of tunnels in the area.
www.weaponsurvey.com /tunnels.htm   (623 words)

 Blogger: Email Post to a Friend   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The army is considering inviting senior legal officials to tour Gaza's Philadelphi route, so that they can see for themselves how difficult it is to protect the soldiers stationed there and why harsh measures that infringe on the rights of local Palestinians must sometimes be adopted.
It is not yet clear whether the army will actually issue the invitations, but the very fact that it is considering such a step reflects its growing awareness of the key role that the legal system plays in circumscribing military activity in the territories.
The army is also continuing to promote a plan to dig a 15-meter-deep trench along the Philadelphi route, as an additional barrier to smuggling tunnels.
www.blogger.com /email-post.g?blogID=5369397&postID=109240077587376006   (409 words)

 Israel Line
IDF soldiers from the Engineering Corps were conducting maintenance work along the Philadelphi Route when the soldier spotted a suspicious tunnel at the side of the road.
The petition claims the fence's route will damage residents' lives and livelihoods, and that the land-seizure warrants recently issued by the government are illegal.
A source close to the project said the proposed route – though it has been presented to the Americans – is not expected to be implemented for at least six months.
www.israelfm.org /publicaffairs/israelline_04/102104.htm   (1158 words)

 B'Tselem - Demolition for Alleged Military Purposes - B’Tselem’s position on the IDF’s plan to build a trench along ...
Following Operation Rainbow last May in Rafah, the IDF drew up a plan to widen the Philadelphi Route along the Gaza-Egypt border.
Israel contends that the expansion of the Philadelphi Route is needed to prevent the smuggling of weapons into the Gaza Strip and protect IDF forces guarding the route.
B’Tselem believes that the destruction of homes of Palestinians that would result from the various plans to expand the Philadelphi Route flagrantly breaches international humanitarian law, which applies to Israel’s actions in the Occupied Territories.
www.btselem.org /English/Razing/20050126_Rafah_Trench.asp   (783 words)

 INTERNATIONAL PRESS CENTER   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
According to the agreement that was made with the Egyptian government, Israeli forces will withdraw from the Philadelphi route as part of its complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, and 750 Egyptian officers would be deployed along this route.
The agreement, however, prohibits Egyptians from building fortifications or fortify their locations, and places stringent restrictions on the contingent, stipulating, for example, where the radar instruments will be placed, and the precise docking location of the coast guard boats.
In order to ensure that the Shinui Party votes in favor of the agreement, and at the request of the party's chair Yosef Lapid, a last-minute codicil was added to the agreement, in which Egypt undertook not to transfer weapons and ammunition to the Palestinian National Authority.
feeds.israelnews.net /?rid=27d8090e6338be9c&cat=f81a4d9d561822ee&f=1   (579 words)

 Arutz 7   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Dichter also noted that if the Philadelphi route in Southern Gaza is abandoned (as many want to as part of the Disengagment Plan) that “this will lead to an increase in the number of sophisticated arms” that are smuggled into Gaza.
The Philadelphi route is a 25-meter-wide path that lies along the Egypt-Gaza border and is the site where most smuggling of weapons into Gaza takes place.
Terrorists in the area are constantly trying to dig elaborate and often enormous tunnels beneath the route to smuggle arms from Egypt into Gaza.
www.israelnn.com /print.php3?what=news&id=71313   (142 words)

 Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
Israeli control of the Philadelphi Route has been central to the fight against smugglers bringing weapons into Israel and the Palestinian Authority by way of tunnels from the Egyptian side of the border.
Dahlan is promising Israel that if all IDF troops are withdrawn from the route, the PA would make certain weapons smuggling from Egypt is halted completely, and all weapons tunnels would be destroyed.
Earlier this month, Egyptian officials stated that Israel and Egypt are working on an agreement to allow Egyptian troops to patrol the Philadelphi Route.
www.israelnationalnews.com /news.php3?id=77134   (266 words)

 Peres: Israel to evacuate from Philadelphi corridor -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Philadelphi road has been perhaps the most volatile strip of land during the past four years of violence.
The new route is to be voted on by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday.
Palestinians say the route, which dips into the West Bank, is an Israeli attempt to take land they want for a future state.
www.aljazeera.com /me.asp?service_ID=7005   (836 words)

 Internet Haganah::Haganah b' Internet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Recent successes by the Palestinian security services in locating and sealing 12 arms smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi route, on the Gazan-Egyptian border, have strengthened the long-standing opinion in Israel's defense establishment that the tunnels depend for their existence on the PA's tacit cooperation.
The Palestinians apparently stepped up their efforts against the smuggling tunnels in order to convince both Israel and the U.S. that the IDF should leave the Philadelphi route.
Currently, the IDF is slated to remain on Philadelphi even after the disengagement from Gaza, to prevent arms smuggling.
www.haganah.us /harchives/003720.html   (178 words)

 Arutz Sheva - Israel National News
The Israeli government is interested in deploying Egyptian troops on the Philadelphi route as a means of preventing Arabs from smuggling weapons into Gaza after the IDF withdraws from the region and hands the territory over to the Palestinian Authority.
The prime minister announced his decision regarding the Philadelphi Route just as one of the major opponents of the Egyptian deployment, MK Yuval Steinitz (Likud), was on his way to the High Court of Justice to attend a hearing on a petition that would require Sharon to submit the issue to a Knesset vote.
Legal experts who consider the Gaza district to be occupied territory, have advised the government that the area would still be considered occupied under international law, so long as Israel maintains a military presence on the Philadelphi Route.
www.arutzsheva.org /news.php3?id=85626   (658 words)

 United Press International - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The route is a 12-kilometer (7.5 miles) straight line from the point where the Egyptian, Israeli and Gaza Strip borders meet to the Mediterranean Sea.
It was clear that if the Israelis hold on to Philadelphi, that route it would become the focus for Palestinian attacks.
Philadelphi might be an important axis in strengthening this camp," the Ha'aretz newspaper said.
washingtontimes.com /upi/20050810-034507-7178r.htm   (908 words)

 The Media Line - News Detail
Israel and Egypt are close to signing an agreement on the Philadelphi route along the border region, reports the Israeli daily Haaretz.
According to the agreement, Egyptian border guards will be deployed opposite the Philadelphi route in Rafah.
It was agreed that Egypt would place 750 border guards along the Philadelphi route — which stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to Rafah.
www.themedialine.org /news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=10515   (189 words)

 Boston.com / News / World / Middle East / Israeli trench plan could destroy homes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they have presented three plans for constructing the trench on the so-called Philadelphi route, a volatile access road near the Rafah refugee camp on the Gaza-Egypt border.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged the widest route was unlikely to withstand legal scrutiny.
However, Israel has said it won't immediately withdraw from the so-called Philadelphi route due to the arms smuggling that continues in the area.
www.boston.com /news/world/middleeast/articles/2005/01/11/israeli_trench_plan_could_destroy_homes?mode=PF   (532 words)

 News and Media - Israeli Consulate, SF - Week in Review - June 14 - 18, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The tender apparently refers to the Philadelphi route where a 4-kilometer tunnel will be dug at a depth varying between 15 to 25 meters.
The Philadelphi route, which separates the southern Gaza Strip from Egypt, is used by terror organizations to smuggle weapons and terrorists.
The security establishment is concerned that once the IDF withdraws from the route, terrorists will be able to use it without restrictions for their deadly operations.
www.israelemb.org /sanfran/News&Media/Week_in_Review/2004/Jun18.htm   (2942 words)

 Smuggling Routes Keep Weapons Flowing to Mid-East Groups
The weapons are smuggled from Egypt through the tunnels dug under what is known as the Philadelphi Corridor or the Philadelphi Route, a narrow strip of land that separates the towns of Palestinian Rafah and Egyptian Rafah on the Egyptian border.
IDF forces patrolling the Philadelphi Route routinely uncover the tunnel operations and call in "sappers" who destroy the tunnels while the houses used for concealment are destroyed by bulldozers.
Recently, the demolition of a house in which a tunnel has been uncovered, brought with it an ample windfall for the homeowner, as well as the construction of a new house made of concrete and built by the Palestinian Authority in the neighborhood of Tel-Sultan.
www.mensnewsdaily.com /archive/newswire/news2004/0504/052404-smuggle.htm   (1146 words)

 ReliefWeb » Document Preview » Israeli army isolates Rafah as major incursion predicted
The army said it was isolating Rafah in order to prevent militants and supplies of ammunition from reaching the town, prior to the impending operation to arrest wanted militants, locate weapons caches and find and destroy tunnels used to smuggle weapons into the Strip under the adjacent Egyptian border.
Eyewitnesses said thousands of Palestinians were fleeing the area close to the Philadelphi road, loading their belongings onto donkey carts and cars and heading for a safer location.
The 1993 Interim Oslo agreements allowed Israel to keep control of the Philadelphi route, but since the start of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000, Israel has widened the security zone from about 150 metres to up to 300 to 400 metres in some areas.
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