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8 injured as Israeli forces clear illegal settlement outpost
Published Tuesday 08/04/2014 (updated) 10/04/2014 23:18
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An Israeli flag flutters in the wildcat Jewish outpost of Maale
Rehavam in the heart of the occupied West Bank on May 11, 2006
(AFP/File Samuel Aranda)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Clashes between Jewish settlers and Israeli security forces in the West Bank during the night left eight people including six border guards injured, police said on Tuesday.

"Police came to help soldiers to demolish five illegal constructions near Yitzhar," a settlement in the northern West Bank, police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

"After they'd finished, several dozen settlers began throwing stones, injuring six border guards," she said.

Police responded by using "riot dispersal means," and two settlers were injured during the clashes, Samri said.

Israel has moved to demolish "wildcat" settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, which normally consist of a few makeshift dwellings set up by extremist Jewish settlers on Palestinian territory.

There are some 100 wildcat settler outposts erected around the West Bank without Israeli government authorization.

The international community regards all West Bank settlements as illegal, regardless of whether they were built with Israeli authorization.

In a violent confrontation in December 2012, more than 200 stone-throwing settlers drove off an attempt by security forces to dismantle structures put up at "Oz Zion," wounding five border policemen. They were demolished the following day.

But Israel quietly "legalized" several of the wildcat outposts in the same year, according to Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now.

The issue of settlement building has long been a key stumbling block in peace talks between Israel and the PLO.

Israel has pushed forward plans for several thousand new settlement homes in the West Bank during faltering negotiations that US Secretary of State John Kerry kick-started in July.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/04/2014 15:13
OMG! Do you think anybody will notice that the IDF went out and demolished settler homes? Or will Maan commenters say that it was just a Mossad gimmick to have whacko settlers pretend they were Palestinians and crack the skulls of some zio-cops? The Israeli-Arab conflict brings out an unbelievable level of ignorant stupidity in people who live here, and and even deeper level of depravity in those who don't live here but think they know all the answers....like the comments above and below...

2 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
08/04/2014 20:45
I don't think these terrorist settlers will get 20 years for trowing stones, they just gets protection if they attack some more Palestinians. "Israel" just loves his terrorists.

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
09/04/2014 00:01
Usually when the IDF uses riot dispersal methods for stone throwers , it usually involves the sue of tear gas , rubber bullets and live fire. When soldiers get hurt , you can bet that many demonstrators would have been shot and numerous arrested. Clearly , in this case restraint was used , something never awarded the Palestinians.

4 ) Tom / USA
09/04/2014 16:49
So the IDF sends a sop to the trolls like #1 above so they can say, "See we dismantle settlements." Meanwhile 2,000 new houses are being constructed in the segregated "neighborhoods."
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