All Israeli Troops Out of Gaza | NBC New York

All Israeli Troops Out of Gaza



    An Israeli soldier jumps off an armored vehicle carrying a flag of Israel's 60th anniversary as he celebrates with his unit upon their return from the Gaza Strip on the Israeli side of the border, Friday Jan. 16, 2009.

    The Israeli military has withdrawn all of its soldiers from the Gaza Strip. Military officials say the pullout was completed before dawn on Wednesday.

    Israel sent thousands of troops into the Palestinian territory earlier this month as part of a bruising offensive against militants who have terrorized southern Israel with rocket fire for years.

    Both sides declared cease-fires that went into effect Sunday. But the truce has been shaky.

    Israel reported mortar shelling from Gaza on Tuesday. The Palestinians have said Israeli troops shot to death two farmers since the truce took hold.

    The military says some troops remain massed on the Israeli side of the border and are prepared to take action if militant fire starts up again.