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Forces, Protesters Clash at Settlement Synagogues

Israeli soldiers storm two synagogues occupied by protesters as Israel continues with its pullout of settlers from Gaza.

Israeli troops raided the main synagogue in the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim, removing about 1,500 protesters inside. They were carried outside to waiting buses. Nearby, police broke open the door of the synagogue at Kfar Darom -- also occupied by protesters.

Overall, Israeli authorities say, the withdrawal is proceeding ahead of schedule.

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Linda Gradstein
Linda Gradstein has been the Israel correspondent for NPR since 1990. She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Gulf War. Linda spent 1998-9 as a Knight Journalist Fellow at Stanford University.
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