As police on Tuesday declared the operation complete, they used a modified shipping container to lower last holdouts to the ground from the roof of an old British police station in Sanur.

Israel began its withdrawal last week from all 21 settlements in the occupied Gaza Strip and four of the 120 in the West Bank.

The evacuation from land Palestinians want for a state was completed well ahead of schedule. Despite widespread resistance from settlers and ultranationalist Jews, there has been little serious violence.