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Israeli military says all soldiers out of Gaza


JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says it has withdrawn all of its soldiers from the Gaza Strip.

The military says the pullout was completed before dawn on Wednesday.

Israel sent thousands of troops into the Palestinian territory earlier this month as part of a bruising offensive against militants who have terrorized southern Israel with rocket fire for years.

Both sides declared cease-fires that went into effect Sunday. But the truce has been shaky.

Israel reported mortar shelling from Gaza on Tuesday. The Palestinians have said Israeli troops shot to death two farmers since the truce took hold.

The military says some troops remain massed on the Israeli side of the border and are prepared to take action if militant fire starts up again.

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