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Troops Remove Gaza Settlers With Force

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

August 18, 2005

Despite a deadly Jewish extremist attack Wednesday that
killed four Palestinians, Israeli security officials say the pullout
from Gaza and four West Bank settlements is going smoothly.

Time has run out for Gaza settlers, and now troops are forcibly removing those refusing to leave.

Israeli forces began moving into the Gaza Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom early on Thursday to begin the second day of removing all remaining settlers by force.

Thousands of soldiers entered on foot from a side gate at the south side of the settlement after settlers barricaded the main entrance.

Officers said they expected stiff opposition from an estimated 2,000 residents and other opponents of the Gaza withdrawal.

"This is unbelievable,unbelievable, it's unbelievable. It's a crime and I think the Jewish people will live with it for the rest of their lives," said Sarah Katz, a protester at the settlement.

While most of the Israeli forces in Gaza were concentrated in Kfar Darom, troops also returned to Neve Dekalim, the focus of evacuation operations on the first day. Small children could be seen inside their homes looking out the window at approaching troops. The forced evacuations of Gaza's settlers began Wednesday after the expiration of a deadline for residents to leave.

Evictions will more than likely continue trough the foreseeable future, so does the resistance.


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