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In pictures: Gaza pullout begins
Police stand by the barrier at the Kissufim crossing from Israel into Gaza
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At midnight, Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip began. Signs warning people not to enter were put up on crossings.
Supporters of the Palestinian militant group Hamas celebrate at midnight prayers in Gaza City
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Palestinians began to celebrate Israel's departure from land which it has occupied since 1967.
A Jewish settler burns possessions in front of a house in Elei Sinai, northern Gaza
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Some Israeli settlers have been burning their unwanted belongings, rather than leave them for the Palestinians.
Israeli settlers carry a Torah scroll
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One group of settlers took part in a morning prayer at the beachfront settlement of Shirat Hayam.
Solider delivers an eviction letter
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Meanwhile, eviction notices have been delivered across the Gaza Strip settlements.
Jewish protesters demonstrate at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Jerusalem office
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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's withdrawal policy has been fiercely opposed by some in Israel.
Israeli soldiers enter the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim, smoke from burning tyres rises in the background.
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Around 40,000 Israeli police and soldiers, and 7,500 from the Palestinian security forces, are overseeing the withdrawal.
Israeli girls watch Israeli police making a line in front gate of the Southern Gaza settlement of Neve Dekalim
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The soldiers will spend two days asking settlers to leave, before beginning to use force later in the week.
An orthodox Jewish settler remonstrates with a soldier in the settlement of Morag
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It is no easy task to convince residents that the time has come to leave their homes.
Jewish settler in Neve Dekalim
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Many religious settlers in Gaza believe in a God-given Greater Israel.
A settler places an Israeli flag on top f the main gate of Netzer Hazani
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Resistance is particularly strong in the southern settlements, where many residents are determined to make a stand.
Two soldiers comfort each other as the Israeli army evacuates a synagogue in the Nisanit settlement
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The effect of having to force countrymen from their homes is taking an emotional toll on the soldiers themselves.



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