Israel's historic pullout from 25 West Bank and Gaza Strip settlements wrapped up Tuesday after soldiers stormed the last two communities to be evacuated in the West Bank and dragged away hundreds of defiant settlers.
By PBS NewsHour
Jews from the last remaining Gaza Strip settlement were evacuated Monday, concluding Israel's historic pullout after nearly four decades of occupation.
Israel has amended the route of the planned West Bank barrier, bringing it closer to the boundary known as the Green Line in compliance with an Israeli court order issued recently.
Israeli troops dismantled an uninhabited West Bank settlement Monday in some of the first steps in the internationally backed "road map" to Middle East peace.
Israeli military forces clashed with Palestinian gunmen during a raid in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, while troops also swept through the West Bank looking for suspected militants.
The Israeli military imposed a "total ban" on Palestinian movement in the West Bank after a suicide bus bombing and Palestinian shooting attacks in the last 24 hours killed thirteen people and wounded more than 80.
An attack on an armored bus in the West Bank killed seven and wounded at least a dozen Tuesday, when Palestinians disguised as Israeli soldiers detonated a bomb near the vehicle and then opened fired at the fleeing passengers.
As Israeli troops reoccupied Palestinian-held areas in the West Bank Thursday, a Palestinian attack on a Jewish settlement in the region left at least five dead.
The Israeli government announced Wednesday it will gradually reoccupy Palestinian-held territory in the West Bank until suicide attacks, like the one that killed 19 Israelis in Jerusalem Tuesday, are stopped.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Monday condemned Israel's construction of a security fence around the West Bank as "an act of racism."…
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