Photo Essay: Anti-Expulsion March Begins in Sderot

Tens of thousands of demonstrators arrived in the town of Sderot Tuesday evening with packs, tents and provisions for the planned march to Gush Katif intended to thwart the Disengagement Plan.

Ezra HaLevi , | updated: 18:48

Traffic stretches miles in all directions from the western Negev town of Sderot as protesters descend upon the city from across Israel.

Many continue on foot...

Banner reads: "Sderot residents bless those who came for the great parade - OUR HOME IS YOUR HOME"

Protesters praying on the way, beneath a billboard reading: "Fact: Sharon Expels Under Fire"

Entire families made their way down to the muggy desert town, bringing the kids along for the historic event.

One of many personalized anti-expulsion placards: "Nurses [same word as 'sisters' -ed.] Don't Expel Brothers"

(From front) Rabbi Chaim Druckman, MK Rabbi Yitzchak Levy (Religious Zionist Renewal) and MK Rabbi Benny Elon (National Union) sitting on stage at rally

Sign reads: "One nation, one heart in Israel - Sderot and Ofakim are with Gush Katif and northern Samaria"

Hundreds camped out in Sderot following the rally. Upwards of 500 Sderot residents opened their homes to demonstrators.

Traffic remains jammed as some drivers head toward Ofakim, the next stop on the way to Gush Katif.

(Photos: Jonathan Stein)