Israeli media reported on Monday, quoting a senior military official, that residents of the settlements would be asked to hand in their weapons two weeks before the withdrawal. 

Israel is planning to withdraw from all 21 settlements in the Gaza Strip, as well as four of 120 West Bank settlements in July. 

Hardline Israeli groups oppose the withdrawal plan, and security officials have grown increasingly concerned about the possibility of violence in the West Bank.


The area holds special significance for religious Jews, and officials say it will be especially difficult securing the settlements scheduled for evacuation.