Home>News Center>World

Israeli forces storm Gaza Synagogues
(China Daily/Agencies)
Updated: 2005-08-19 05:47

"We won't be moved from the Land of Israel," shrieked a bearded man in a prayer shawl who tied himself to a staircase and had to be cut down and carried away by soldiers. Rightist Jews believe Gaza is part of Israel's biblical birthright.

Despite pockets of resistance, the evacuation of 21 settlements in Gaza and four of 120 enclaves in the West Bank under Sharon's plan for reducing conflict with Palestinians was moving ahead much faster than expected. Soldiers in Kfar Darom found themselves bursting in on a birthday party for a baby girl in a pink dress when they came to evacuate one family.

Troops also dragged away a soldier who refused to take part in the operation - the first such mutiny since the start of a forced evacuation of Gaza settlements under Sharon's "disengagement" plan.

In increasingly chaotic scenes, a red-roofed villa was set ablaze in the main Gaza settlement of Neve Dekalim, and a man saying he was armed stood on a rooftop in a seaside enclave and threatened to shoot if anyone tried to remove him.

Another tense situation appeared to be ending peacefully as Israeli forces entered the beachfront stronghold of Shirat Hayam.

Israeli officials said the Gaza withdrawal would be completed by Tuesday, taking less than half as long as the most optimistic earlier predictions.

The removal of Gaza settlements, where 8,500 Jews lived isolated from 1.4 million Palestinians, marks the first uprooting of enclaves on land the Palestinians want as part of a Palestinian state.

Page: 12

Japanese PM launches general election campaign
Katrina slams US Gulf Coast, oil rigs adrift
Japan's 6 parties square off in TV debate
  Today's Top News     Top World News

President Hu Jintao: Gender equality crucial



Special grants offered to poor students



EU takes steps to unblock China textiles



Farmers sue county for illegal land use



Search for 123 trapped miners suspended



Hurricane Katrina rocks New Orleans


  Bush promises post-storm help for victims
  Sharon: Not all settlements in final deal
  Hurricane Katrina rocks New Orleans
  Sri Lanka PM focuses on ending civil war
  Musharraf warns Pakistan Islamic schools
  Katrina may cost insurers $25 bln
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  Related Stories  
Israeli soldiers surround Gaza synagogue
Israeli soldiers clear out Gaza Strip
Israel begins forcible evacuation in Gaza
Israel begins forcible evacuation in Gaza
Gaza settlers defy evacuation deadline
Israeli forces enter largest Gaza settlement
Clashes erupt in Gaza Strip, 50 arrested
  News Talk  
  Are the Republicans exploiting the memory of 9/11?