An Israeli commander comforts one of his soldiers who began to cry after assisting in the eviction of a settler family from their home in the Jewish settlement of Neve Dekalim, in the Gush Katif bloc of settlements in the southern Gaza Strip. Israeli troops dragged sobbing Jewish settlers out of homes and synagogues Wednesday in a massive evacuation, fulfilling Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's promise to end Israel's 38-year occupation of the Gaza Strip.

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