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Gaza Tensions Boil Over

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A woman becomes emotional as she tries to reason with Israeli police entering the settlement of Neve Dekalim. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Struggle in Gaza
Israeli police struggle with protesters blocking the road to the settlement of Neve Dekalim. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Struggle in Gaza
Hundreds of Israeli police faced off with protesters for hours in an attempt to move into the Neve Dekalim settlement and distribute evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Boy Detained
A boy cries as he is detained by police. He and many other protesters were attempting to block the main road in Neve Dekalim. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Police, Protesters Clash
Protesters and police clash outside the Gaza settlement of Neve Dekalim as authorities attempt to deliver eviction notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Star of David
The Star of David hangs around the neck of an Israeli policeman who is part of the large force that entered Neve Dekalim. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Struggling Protester
Israeli police struggle with a protester being arrested for blocking the road to the settlement of Neve Dekalim. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Arrest
A protester in Neve Dekalim is arrested for blocking the road. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Police
Israeli police struggle with protesters who were trying to prevent them from entering the settlement of Neve Dekalim. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Burning
A man runs past trash set on fire by Israeli protesters in Neve Dekalim. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Prayer
Residents and supporters in the settlement of Neve Dekalim stand in prayer near the main entrance on the day that police are scheduled to enter to deliver evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Young protester
A young Israeli protester, exhausted by the struggle, falls asleep sitting up on the sidewalk. Many of the protesters fighting the evacuation are not from Neve Dekalim, and have been camping in the settlements for weeks in anticipation of this day. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Human blockade
Residents and supporters in the settlement of Neve Dekalim stand at the main entrance to prevent police from delivering evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Meeting the police
Residents and supporters in the settlement of Neve Dekalim stand in force near the main entrance to prevent police from entering to deliver evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Israeli soldier
An Israeli soldier motions for a Palestinian to get off his bike and give a wide berth away from the Shirat HaYam settlement. Jewish settlers in the beachfront enclave of Shirat HaYam wait anxiously for the Israeli Defense Forces to arrive, bringing their orders to vacate the Gaza land they have occupied for decades. Trouble in the neighboring settlement of Neve Dekalim may have brought them a temporary reprieve as soldiers were occupied there and could not deliver the papers in the morning as they had planned. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Praying at the entrance
Residents and supporters in the settlement of Neve Dekalim stand in prayer near the main entrance on the day that police are scheduled to enter to deliver evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Protesting women
Women stand in force at one of the main gates to the settlement of Neve Dekalim to prevent police from entering with the intention of delivering evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Women at the gate
Women stand in force at one of the main gates to the settlement of Neve Dekalim to prevent police from entering with the intention of delivering evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Police in force
Israeli police march down the main road in Gush Katif on their way to Neve Dekalim where residents and supporters stand in force at the main entrance to prevent police from entering to deliver evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Child protester
A burning tire fills the air with smoke set by residents and protesters from Neve Dekalim who oppose the beginning of the evacuation process. Many of the protesters are young children. Police did not enter the settlement, but were successful in getting moving trucks and packers past the human roadblock. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Getting past the gate
An Israeli soldier prods Jewish settlers to unlock the front gate which they had padlocked shut and barricaded with barbed wire. Jewish settlers in the beachfront enclave of Shirat HaYam wait anxiously for the Israeli Defense Forces to arrive, bringing their order to vacate the Gaza land they have occupied for decades. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Residents
Residents and supporters in the settlement of Neve Dekalim stand in prayer near the main entrance on the day that police are scheduled to enter to deliver evacuation notices. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Settlers
Jewish settlers in the beachfront enclave of Shirat HaYam wait anxiously for the Israeli Defense Forces to arrive, bringing their order to vacate the Gaza land they have occupied for decades. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Marshalling resistance
Arieh Yitshaki talks to followers on a bullhorn at the gates of the Jewish settlement of Shirat HaYam as they wait anxiously for the Israeli Defense Forces to arrive, bringing their order to vacate the Gaza land they have occupied for decades. Yikshaki has advocated violence to keep the settlers’ hold on the occupied Gaza land. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Settlers wait
Jewish settlers in the beach front enclave of Shirat HaYam wait anxiously for the Israeli Defense Forces to arrive, bringing their order to vacate the Gaza land they have occupied for decades. Trouble in the neighboring settlement of Neve Dekalim may have brought them a temporary reprieve as soldiers were occupied there and could not deliver the papers in the morning as they had planned. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Awaiting the soldiers’ arrival
Jewish settlers in the beachfront enclave of Shirat HaYam wait anxiously for the Israeli Defense Forces to arrive, bringing their order to vacate the Gaza land they have occupied for decades. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Prayer behind barbed wire
A settler prays behind barbed wire and concrete separating the enclave of Shirat HaYam and Palestinian land. Many of the religious as well as secular Jews are praying for a miracle from God to save their way of life. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Standing guard
Israeli soldiers guard the border at dawn between Israeli settlements and the Palestinian Gaza Strip to guard against attacks during the pullout. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Burning tire
A burning tire fills the air with smoke as residents and protesters from Neve Dekalim oppose the beginning of the evacuation process of their settlement. Police did not enter the settlement, but were successful in getting moving trucks and packers past the human roadblock. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Living roadblock
Protesters bar an Israeli army jeep from entering the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim in Gaza today. The army said troops would refrain for now from going into five settlements where residents had made clear that soldiers were unwelcome. (Oded Balilty / AP)
Clearing out
A Neve Dekalim resident sets fire to some of his belongings before leaving. “The settlements must be evacuated; the settlers cannot remain,” Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres said. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Ceremony
Hundreds of people gathered at the Neve Dekalim cemetery for Tisha B’Av, a holiday marking the destruction of the ancient Jewish temples. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Ready to reclaim
Khalil Bashir and his wife, Suad, are looking forward to the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. “This loss of theirs, the settlers, echoes what we have felt here for so long in Palestine, with the Israeli seizure of so much of our land,” he says. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Departure looms
Dan Amiel, 20, a Jewish settler in Gaza who lost part of his leg to a Palestinian rocket attack, is among those who feel betrayed by the government. (Ilan Mizrahi / For The Times)
Hamas celebrates
Members of Hamas Military Wing, called the Qessam Brigades, show off their force in celebration of the upcoming withdrawal of the Israeli settlers. They believe that it was their determination and force that lead to the pullout. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Toy gun
A young Palestinian boy runs through the streets with a toy gun in an area where life is filled with war and violence. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Tisha B’Av
Women gather together at one of the Synagogues in Neve Dekalim to mourn on Tisha B’Av, the Jewish holiday marking the destruction of the Temple. This year the holiday is even more emotional due to the upcoming deadline for their evacuation. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
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