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Some Israeli Army Officers Vow to Disobey Gaza Evacuation Orders


A group of Israeli army reserve officers say they will disobey orders to evacuate settlers under the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza pullout plan.

The group of 34 officers published a letter Thursday saying any evacuation order would violate state and military law. Israel says it will dismiss any officers who continue to express such views.

Under the pull-out plan, Israeli troops will forcibly move any settlers who refuse to leave Gaza voluntarily this year.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops shot and killed a Hamas militant who infiltrated a Jewish settlement in southern Gaza.

In other developments, Israel's Supreme Court turned down a Palestinian Authority petition to allow thousands of Palestinians jailed in Israel to vote in Sunday's Palestinian presidential elections. The Israeli court says there is not enough time to organize a prison ballot.