Six arrested as outposts evacuated

Security forces, right-wing activists clash at site near Elon Moreh; IDF officer lightly wounded.

October 1, 2007 08:21
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Six arrested as outposts evacuated

activist outpost 224.88. (photo credit: AP)

The IDF completed the evacuation Monday of four illegal outposts that were erected by right-wing activists throughout the West Bank the day before. Six activists were arrested as troops and policemen evacuated outposts near the settlements of Elon Moreh and Hashmonaim. A female IDF officer and a border policeman were lightly wounded after forces came under a volley of rocks during the evacuation of the illegal outpost of Harhivi near Elon Moreh. The officer was treated at the scene and then evacuated to the hospital for further medical care. The activists, police said, also damaged army vehicles with stones and punctured one of the tires. On Tuesday, the IDF will again face off against the activists, who intend to try and march to the site of the former Homesh settlement, evacuated under the disengagement in August 2005. The IDF said it would not allow the activists to establish the outposts or rebuild the former settlement. "We follow the law as well as the orders of the political echelon," a defense official said. "We will not let the right-wing activists take the law into their own hands." The activists promised to return to the hilltops and resettle the outposts. "Even if we are evacuated, we will return and rebuild no less than 10 new outposts [by] next month," the activists said. Security forces removed holy books from a shack that some 80 settlers had intended to turn into a synagogue before the forces took over the structure and other huts erected on a hill near Elon Moreh. Activists had set up five outposts Sunday throughout the West Bank, but the IDF postponed the evacuations until Monday morning since forces were too busy conducting counter-terror operations to immediately dismantle them. One outpost remained to be cleared.

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