Fifteen Israeli settler families were evicted for illegally building 15 homes on Palestinian land in the West Bank after it was declared illegal by the Israeli High Court. Israeli police removed the settlers on Tuesday June 12th.
Some 500 people protested against the eviction, with some even throwing stones and bottles at police officers. In one instance a group even barricaded themselves inside one of the houses. Six police officers were injured during the protests and three protesters were arrested, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
In an AP report, Rosenfeld said the evictions at most of the houses went smoothly, with many families leaving their homes without resistance.
Following the removal of the families Israeli forces are expected to demolish the structures within the unauthorised Netiv HaAvot outpost. The families will be compensated for their loss at government expense and will be allowed to rebuild their homes on nearby land that is not privately owned.
The eviction order was delivered by the Israeli High Court, which ordered the eviction in 2016. The court said the families had built illegally on land owned by Palestinians without first determining the precise ownership of the land.
Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and today about 600,000 settlers live in those areas. Much of the international community considers the settlements to be either illegal or illegitimate.
The Palestinians seek the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip as the territorial basis of their long-hoped-for state.