Sky News 
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009
Israeli troops have withdrawn from the Gaza Strip after a 22-day offensive against the Islamist Hamas movement, an army spokesman has said.
“The last soldier left this morning,” the spokesman said.
“However the army remains deployed all around the Gaza Strip to meet any eventuality.”
The pull-out began on Sunday after Israel declared a ceasefire and Palestinian militants matched it.
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Hamas gave Israel one week to remove all troops and open crossing points into Gaza or face renewed hostilities.
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The Israel Defence Forces later issued a statement saying its troops had returned to Israeli territory, ending Operation Cast Lead.