Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered the army to enforce a no-go zone for Palestinians in northern Gaza to try to end rocket attacks on Israel.Security forces in Gaza are either incompetent or complicit when it comes to stopping the attacks.
It is part of a series of new measures Israel says it will take to stop Palestinians firing missiles.
Palestinians have launched scores of rockets at Israel since Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip this summer.
A Palestinian official rejected the plan, saying security forces in Gaza had been told not to leave their posts.
Officials said on Thursday that the zone would be about 2.5km (1.5 miles) deep and run along the northern and eastern edge of the Gaza Strip.