By Thursday evening the Israeli Police and IDF had completed the evacuation of a further 6 settlements - Netzer Hazani, Gan Or, Shirat Hayam, Kfar Yam, and crucially Neve Dekalim and Kfar Darom. The fall of Neve Dekalim and Kfar Darom seems a sure sign that the evacuation plan remains on course given the presence of hundreds of hard line opponents in these two locations. Today the focus is on Gadid with the Israelis hoping to complete the evacuation by sun down. The IDF has stated repeatedly there will be no forced removal of Israeli citizens during Shabat.
If the evacuation of Gadid is completed today then only 4 settlements remain - Katif, Atzmona, Nezarim and a small group of hard line opponents who remain in Elei Sinai. Atzmona residents have stated they will leave voluntarily on Sunday with Netzarim to follow on Monday.
Thursday night saw an upsurge in incidents throughout Gaza with the firing of rockets and mortars by Palestinians towards Morag, Netzarim and Ganei Tal. One IDF soldier was lightly injured in the Netzarim attack while a Palestinian was wounded in Beit Hanoun village when the IDF opened fire from north of the border line.