수 천 명의 환호하는 팔레스타인 주민들은 이스라엘군이 가자지구에서 38년 간의 점령을 끝내고 철수를 완료한 12일, 텅빈  유대인 정착촌으로 밀려들었습니다.

가자지구 이스라엘 사령관은 밤새 병력철수를 마친 후, 12일 키수핌 국경검문소를 통과해 이스라엘로 들어갔습니다.

이스라엘군인들은 가지지구 유대인 정착촌으로 연결되는 주진입로의 검문소를 폐쇄하고 도로를 콘크리트와 흙으로 봉쇄했습니다.

팔레스타인의 마무스 압바스총리는 이스라엘의 가자지구 점령종식을 가리켜, 참으로 기쁘고 즐거운 날이라고 말했습니다.**

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Thousands of cheering Palestinians rushed into abandoned Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip early today (Monday), raising the Palestinian flag over land vacated by Israel after a 38-year occupation.

The celebrations erupted as the top Israeli military commander in the territory drove through the Kissufim crossing into Israel, completing an overnight troop withdrawal. All 85-hundred Jewish settlers were evacuated last month.

Israeli soldiers then closed the crossing gate and piled concrete slabs and dirt to block the road, which had been the main artery linking Israel and Gaza.

Palestinian militants began celebrating with gunfire as soon as the Israelis left. Some planted flags, while others began destroying abandoned synagogues. Still others brought their families to witness the spectacle.

Egyptian border guards trying to disperse huge crowds on the Gaza-Egypt frontier shot and killed a Palestinian man said to be part of a crowd of demonstrators trying to cross into Egypt.