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Judea and Samaria District Police, along with the IDF and the Border Police, evacuated 60 boys and girls from the illegal outpost of Shvut Ami, near Kedumim in Samaria, on Monday.
Shvut Ami was one of five put up by settlement activists on September 30, during Succot. The other four have already been dismantled.
Five girls and three boys were arrested for attacking policemen and for intentionally damaging Border Police vehicles. They will be brought to court for remand today, police said.
The evacuation lasted several hours during which police and protesters clashed repeatedly. One policeman was bitten on the hand by a protester, the police said. Protesters threw rocks at them as well, police said.
"Overall, it could have gone better. Any time there is a policeman wounded and eight arrests, then it didn't go so smoothly. But it could also have been much worse." Judea and Samaria Police spokesman Danny Poleg said.
At one point, about 40 protesters briefly blocked Route 55 at the Kedumim junction after being removed from the outpost.
A girl at the scene said that she tripped while climbing down a ladder, police said, but refused treatment. Nevertheless, a Border Police medic treated her before she was evacuated for further (private) treatment.
The Kol Rina group said that 20 girls were kept on a bus without water and without access to a bathroom for two hours.
The army sealed up the two buildings at the site late Monday afternoon.
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