Resistance takes on an aggressive edge as protesters throw acid at Israeli security officers trying to evict them. Dozens of police have used cranes, ladders and water cannon to storm the rooftop of a synagogue in the ultra-nationalist Gaza settlement of Kfar Darom.
Police were earlier winched onto the roof in a huge cage in an attempt to clear the area – they were greeted by thrown light bulbs filled with paint from the protesters. In some of the most frenzied scenes since the start of the evacuation, stones and lumps of concrete were also used as missiles. But eventually there was success for the police as protesters were brought out of the building. Kfar Darom was just one of several pockets of resistance Israeli security forces have had to deal with. In other parts of the Gaza strip there have been reports of tires being slashed and oil drums being burnt, but on the whole the Israeli authorities believe the pullout is progressing well. The police raids could break the back of resistance to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to evict 8,500 settlers from the territory which has been occupied since 1967, and is home to 1.4 million Palestinians.