Egypt started expanding its buffer zone with the Gaza Strip on Sunday, preparing for the evacuation and destruction of at least 1,200 houses, according to an Egyptian security source.

The buffer zone is set to be doubled from 500 m. to 1 km., according to the source quoted by the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency. The owners of the homes will be reimbursed, the source added.

Gen. Sayed Harhour, the governor of the region, was quoted as saying that “the government will provide vehicles for free to move furniture for families to move anywhere they want.” […]