20 settlers arrested in Hebron clashes

Security forces attacked over fence repairs, 1 policeman lightly wounded.

June 13, 2006 14:05
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20 Jewish settlers were arrested in Hebron on Tuesday after they hurled stones and concrete blocks at policemen and IDF troops in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood. The clashes erupted when the security forces arrived to secure the site where repair work was due to be carried out on a fence surrounding a Palestinian house in the neighborhood. One policeman was lightly wounded in the clashes. Settlers had claimed that the house was being used to plan terror attacks and in the past had tried to break into the home, prompting the IDF to put up the fence which was subsequently damaged by suspected far right activists. Earlier on Monday, The High Court of Justice rejected a petition, submitted by the settlers, to halt the repair work on the fence. Hebron Police said that it would exhibit "zero tolerance towards those who tried to attack police officers and troops." Those arrested were detained for interrogation and the area was declared a closed military zone.

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