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Army moves in as Egyptians evacuate homes along Gaza border following order on buffer zone

  • Smoke rises after Egyptian army demolished houses on the Egyptian side on border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gazaafter militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

    Smoke rises after Egyptian army demolished houses on the Egyptian side on border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gazaafter militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)  (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke rises after the Egyptian army demolished houses on the Egyptian side on the border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gazaafter militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

    Smoke rises after the Egyptian army demolished houses on the Egyptian side on the border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gazaafter militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian security forces secure homes after being destroyed by the Egyptian army on the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gaza after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

    Egyptian security forces secure homes after being destroyed by the Egyptian army on the Egyptian side of the border town of Rafah, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gaza after militants attacked an army post, killing at least 31 soldiers last week. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)  (The Associated Press)

Egyptians are evacuating their homes along the border with Gaza following military orders, to make way for a planned buffer zone meant to stop militants and smugglers.

Egyptian officials say 62 homes were handed over to the army by Wednesday in the northern Sinai border town of Rafah.

They say the target is to empty out 880 houses — the homes of about 10,000 people. The government has promised financial compensation but the residents say they haven't received any money yet. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

The residents were given short notice to pack up and leave the 13 kilometer- (8 mile-) area, which was placed under a state of emergency after an attack last week killed 31 soldiers.