Israeli police commandos have stormed a hotel in a Gaza Strip settlement to evict radical Jews who barricaded themselves inside to protest Israel's planned evacuation of the territory.
Witnesses say police smashed through doors of the hotel a short while after the government declared Gaza's Jewish settlements a closed military zone, to prevent anti-pullout extremists from entering the area.
Israeli radio reporters at the scene said commandos were dragging squatters kicking and screaming from the beachfront hotel in the Gush Katif settlement and loading them onto buses.
Today's-Thursday's move comes one day after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed to prevent gangs from disrupting the Israeli withdrawal, which is set for August.
Wednesday also saw clashes in Gaza between pullout opponents and Israeli troops, as well as mass arrests inside Israel of protesters who blocked key roadways across the country.
Information for this report is provided by Reuters.