Few arrests as Israeli troops empty last Gaza settlement

[JURIST] As Israeli forces work Monday to wrap-up the Gaza pullout [PA MOFA backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Israeli police [official website] commander Hagai Dotan announced the arrest of three young extremists who had come to Netzarim, one of Gaza's first settlements, to disrupt the evacuation. The three were detained after being found with metal spikes, oil, barbed wire and paint. Though the forcible evacuations in Gaza have moved at a much faster pace than expected, and with relatively little violence, officials and security forces worry evacuations in the West Bank may not proceed as smoothly. Most residents have exited two of the four settlements to be emptied, but as many as 2,000 right-wing extremists are prepared to put up a fight in Sanur and Homesh. More than 5,000 troops are en route to those settlements to carry out the evacuations, scheduled to begin Tuesday. AP has more. The Israel Defense Forces' official disengagement website has the latest updates on the evacuation process.



 

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