Gaza settlers pray to stop pullout

Gaza settlers leave Gaza Strip, whereas some settlements unwillingly pack up, forced by the police and soldiers. 4 people reported killed during the confrontation. Jewish men met Thursday morning praying.

By nightfall, the synagogue was overflowing with charged-up young men and women - some waving flags and singing from the rooftop - making a last stand as, all around them, Neve Dekalim slipped into extinction.

"Every extra second we stay here is a victory," said Yitzhak Sompolinsky, 20, one of hundreds of youths from around Israel who held out at the temple and its courtyard last night as soldiers and police ringed the area and moved house to house, removing defiant families and determined resisters to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Under those trying circumstances, both Mr. Sharon and the army have acted thus far with exemplary conviction and restraint in carrying out the eviction. Despite several thousand settlers who are refusing to leave their Gaza homes voluntarily, and a few thousand more Israelis who have entered Gaza to help them defy the troops, the evacuation is proceeding deliberately and professionally. Mr. Sharon, for his part, has struck a resolute tone that has left no doubt about either the difficulty of his decision or his determination in carrying it out, according to Washington Post.

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