Israeli colonists clash with police during outpost eviction

11 officers were “injured lightly” during the eviction of 10 buildings in the Tapuah West outpost

Occupied Jerusalem: Nearly a dozen Israeli police officers were injured in clashes Sunday as they began evicting Jewish colonists from an outpost in the occupied West Bank, police said.


Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that 11 officers were “injured lightly” during the eviction of 10 buildings in the Tapuah West outpost in the northern West Bank.

Israel’s supreme court had in February 2017 ruled that part of the outpost must be removed since it was built on private Palestinian land.

According to Rosenfeld, six protesters were arrested.

All Israeli colonies are viewed as illegal under international law, but Israel differentiates between those it has approved and those it has not.

Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 War.

Colonies are seen as major stumbling blocks to a peace deal since they are built on land the Palestinian wants for their future state.

Some 600,000 Israeli colonists live among nearly three million Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

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