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Egypt orders eviction of residents living along border with Gaza Strip, plans buffer zone

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, a man and child walk past a crater from a suicide car bomb attack on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt. Egyptian authorities on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, officials said. The measure comes four days after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers in the restive area in the northeastern corner of the Sinai Peninsula. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abu Deraa, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, a man and child walk past a crater from a suicide car bomb attack on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish, Egypt. Egyptian authorities on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory, officials said. The measure comes four days after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers in the restive area in the northeastern corner of the Sinai Peninsula. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abu Deraa, File)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptian security officials say authorities have ordered residents living along the country's eastern border with the Gaza Strip to evacuate so they can demolish their homes and set up a buffer zone to stop weapons and militant trafficking between Egypt and the Palestinian territory.

The Tuesday measure comes four days after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers in the restive area in the northeastern corner of the Sinai Peninsula. After the attack, Egypt declared a state of emergency and dawn-to-dusk curfew there.

The buffer zone, which will include water trenches to thwart tunnel diggers, will be 500 meters (yards) wide and extended along the 13 kilometer (9 mile) border. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.