Settlers Throw Acid on Israeli Troops

Thursday, August 18, 2005

It was a particularly violent and emotional day in Gaza as Israeli troops continued pulling Jewish settlers out of the region.

A standoff ensued between settlers refusing to leave a synagogue in Neve Dekalim. They climbed the roof, threw dirt and poured diluted acid on the Israeli troops. Police fired back with water cannons. There were some peaceful demonstrations.

According to Israeli police, Neve Dekalim, which was the largest on the Gaza strip, has now been completely evacuated.

In contrast, Palestinian members of Islamic Jihad held a rally to celebrate Israel's withdrawal. Palestinian security forces prevented them from marching between the town near the former Jewish settlement.

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