A 7,500 strong Palestinian security force has been positioned on the outskirts of the fortified settlements in Gaza to ward off possible militant attacks.
They are also charged with ensuring no-one else interferes with the evacuation amid fears some Palestinians may attempt to takeover empty houses or seize leftover property.
One soldier said he would never be able to use his weapon against a fellow Palestinian. I’d choose to talk to them gently instead he added.
Palestinians have held numerous celebrations over the past few weeks in eager anticipation of the pullout. The euphoria felt over what is viewed to be a victory against Israel does not appear as if it is going to end soon.