Soldiers suspended over evacuation protest


Seven Israeli soldiers who refused to evacuate Jewish settlers from a disputed Hebron property were suspended.

Maj.-Gen. Gadi Shamni ordered the suspensions this week after the seven soldiers completed monthlong sentences in the stockade for insubordination. The seven were jailed after balking at orders to evacuate two Israeli families that were squatting Hebron properties claimed by Palestinians.

For many Israelis, the evacuations in the West Bank city of Hebron, which were completed Aug. 6, stirred memories of the 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

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