'Security forces evacuate Oz Zion outpost'

The site, which had several temporary structures, is declared a closed military zone; no clashes are reported.

February 28, 2012 06:11
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Mitzpe Yitzhar outpost 311. (photo credit: (Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post))

Security forces evacuated the Oz Zion outpost in the Binyamin region of the West Bank early Tuesday morning, Army Radio reported. There were a number of temporary structures at the location, which is near another outpost, Givat Assaf, and was declared a closed military zone.

No clashes were reported, according to Army Radio.

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Last month, security forces evacuated an illegal structure in the small outpost located near Beit El just off Route 60.

A week before that, dozens of settlers arrived at Oz Zion equipped with building tools with the intention of setting up structures.

Then too, soldiers and police arrived and showed the activists an order that declared the area a closed military zone.

Most of the activists dispersed, but two boys were arrested by the army. The youths, one from Bat Yam and the other from Bnei Brak, are suspected of attacking a police officer and violating a military order. Judea and Samaria Police took both for questioning.

Yaakov Lappin and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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