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Friday, August 19th, 2005

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New section: Israel

Guardian/UK: Contrast the world's overwhelming coverage...of the departure of Israeli settlers from Gaza with the minimal reporting of larger and more brutal Palestinians evictions in previous months.
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Within sight of the Gush Katif settlements that have been handled with such kid gloves this week, families in Rafah were usually given a maximum of five minutes' warning before their houses, and life savings, were crushed. Many people did not even have time to go upstairs to collect belongings when the barking of loudspeakers ordered them out, sometimes before dawn. Fleeing with their children in the night, they risked being shot if they turned round or delayed.
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As many as 13,350 Palestinians were made homeless in the Gaza Strip in the first 10 months of last year by Israel's giant armour-plated Caterpillar bulldozers - a total that easily exceeds the 8,500 leaving Israeli settlements this week. In Rafah alone, according to figures from the UN relief agency UNRWA, the rate of house demolitions rose from 15 per month in 2002 to 77 per month between January and October 2004.

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