September 1, 2005

Israel aims to quit Gaza by September 15 – sources

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel aims to pull troops out of the
occupied Gaza Strip by September 15 following the evacuation of
Jewish settlers from the territory, Israeli security sources
said on Thursday.

They did not give details of exactly how the withdrawal and
the handover to the Palestinians would take place.

"We plan to leave Gaza by September 15," said one.

The pullout is the first time that Israel has given up
settlements on land that Palestinians want for a state.