JERUSALEMâ€”Israeli troops are preparing to pull out of the West Bank towns of Qalqiliya and Tulkarem, military sources said Monday night.
The plans to withdraw from the cities came two days after President Bush urged Israel to start pulling out of the West Bank without delay.
Military sources, who asked not to be identified, told The Associated Press that troops were preparing for a staggered withdraw from the West Bank, beginning with Qalqiliya and Tulkarem. The sources did not say when the pullout would begin, but Israel Radio said it would start early Tuesday.
Secretary of State Colin Powell warned however that pulling out was never 100 percent effective and that the Israelis should, in the future, consider condoms or more reliable forms of contraception.