Police hold large scale drill ahead of Ulpana evacuation

June 18, 2012 21:04

Police held a large-scale exercise at an IDF base in the Arava region of southern Israel on Monday to simulate the evacuation of five apartment buildings in the West Bank outpost of Uplana.

The homes are slated for demolition by the end of the month in line with a High Court ruling, which said that the structures were built on private Palestinian land.

Law enforcement sources told The Jerusalem Post that officers were waiting for an order from the IDF to move forward and evacuate the homes, but said that the possibility of an agreement with the settlers still existed, which would prevent the need for a forced evacuation.

Large numbers of police, including Special Patrol Officers and Border Police, took part in the drill.

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