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2005: Last Israeli troops leave Gaza
Israel has lowered its flags over Gaza at a ceremony marking the end of 38 years of military rule there.

Israel has already removed its settlers from Gaza, bulldozed their homes and demolished its military bases. Ministers decided to leave more than 20 synagogues intact after rabbis argued demolition went against Jewish ritual law.

A handover ceremony was called off when Palestinians announced a boycott. They complain of a continuing sense of occupation because Israel plans to control movement in and out of Gaza.

The pull-out today was marked by incidents of unrest.

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy celebrating the handover was wounded by tank fire while climbing a fence near the Gush Katif settlements, Palestinian medical officials said.

And suspected Palestinian militants of the Abu Rish group fired on media cars in the southern town of Khan Yunis after threatening to abduct foreign journalists covering the handover.


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Israeli troops carry out flag-lowering ceremonies in Gaza



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