Settlers and police try to prevent Gaza bloodshed

Saturday, April 02, 2005 | 
Israeli settlers and security chiefs have opened talks on avoiding bloodshed during the pullout from the Gaza Strip this summer. Under the emerging deal, neither settlers nor security forces will bear arms during the evacuation of 8,500 Jews from 21 Gaza settlements. "It was decided no one will be armed during this terrible expulsion," right-wing parliamentarian Effi Eitam told Channel 2 Television. "We do not want any weapons at all in the inner circle of evacuation. There will be determined resistance and therefore we must not leave a gun in the hands of anyone--neither a soldier nor a settler." The settlers would turn in their weapons voluntarily.

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