In Rafah on the southern Gaza Strip, the imminent Israeli withdrawal from Gaza is a cause for celebration. More than five hundred Palestinian women and children have taken to the streets to call on Israeli settlers to get out. Israeli military incursions here have been frequent during the intifada.
It is estimated that nearly 2000 homes have been bulldozed in what Israel says are attempts to halt militant activity. The border town with Egypt is also a refugee camp and a powerbase for militant groups like Hamas or Islamic Jihad. Both say they wont abandon their struggle until Israel tears down all of its settlements across Gaza and the West Bank.