Settlers erect new West Bank outpost

Border police manage to evacuate most activists before Shabbat, and remain to guard the rest.

July 31, 2009 22:08
Settlers erect new West Bank outpost

outpost flag 248 88. (photo credit: AP [file])

Approximately 30 right-wing activists erected a new outpost called Mitzpe Ami late Friday afternoon, near the West Bank settlement of Kedumim. While border policemen evacuated most of the activists, a small number were still on the site at the beginning of Shabbat, when the evacuation was halted. A contingent of border policemen remained to guard the group until they were to be removed Saturday night. There were reports of violence, with some settlers throwing rocks at security forces and passing Palestinian vehicles. Earlier in the day, student activists from the group 'Im Tirzu' demonstrated in support of security forces next to a West Bank checkpoint, Israel Radio reported. Nearby, at the Arab village of Bil'in, approximately one hundred Palestinians and left-wing activists protested against the West Bank security barrier on Friday afternoon. Security forces dispersed crowds, after protesters pelted them with rocks. No casualties were reported during the demonstrations.

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