Mitzpe Yitzhar outpost 311.
(photo credit: (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post))
The demolition of a small West Bank outpost by security forces resulted in
injuries and arrests overnight on Thursday.
Police accompanied the IDF’s
civil administration on a mission to clear the Yisa Bracha outpost, near the
Mitzpe Jericho settlement.
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During the demolition of six temporary
structures, one settler climbed up on a roof and refused to come down, police
said. When officers arrived to evacuate the man, the roof collapsed, lightly
injuring three police officers. They were taken to hospital.
were also lightly injured, and three were arrested during clashes with security
forces. They were later released. Restraining orders barring them from returning
to the area for 100 days were issued.
The settlers said they were
peacefully protesting the demolitions when they were attacked by security forces
with tear gas. Police, however, said they encountered violence from activists on
the scene, adding that officers faced stone throwing, burning tires and
deliberate oil spills on the roads.
Several hours earlier, security
forces evacuated an illegal structure in the small Oz Zion outpost, near the
Givat Assaf outpost. Both outposts are located near the Beit El settlement, just
off Route 60. Border Police also evacuated an illegally constructed tent near
Kiryat Arba, Army Radio reported.
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In the wake of the evacuations,
National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
Defense Minister Ehud Barak of waging an “obsessive” campaign against
“Since the period of the [Gaza] disengagement, there has not
been this kind of systematic action,” Ben-Ari told Army Radio. “Expelling babies
in the middle of the night and injuring residents only serves to encourage the
youth to carry out harsh price-tag responses,” he added.
Police said that
the evacuations were carried out with “professionalism and
Both Yisa Bracha and Oz Zion are newly created sites that
are not part of the formal outpost list compiled in 2005 by attorney Talia
Sasson.Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.
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