Israeli troops drag settlers out for Gaza pullout

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 17 Aug 2005

Israeli troops dragged settlers screaming and sobbing from homes and synagogues on Wednesday, beginning a forced evacuation of Gaza settlements after nearly four decades of occupation. With emotions at fever pitch over implementation of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza withdrawal plan, a Jewish settler grabbed a gun from a security guard and killed four Palestinian labourers in a West Bank settlement.

Thousands of unarmed soldiers marched house to house in Gaza's Jewish enclaves, ordering people out and in some cases breaking down doors when they refused. Police grabbed protesters off the streets and pushed them into waiting buses.

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