Israeli rightists clash with police in ex-settlement

Hundreds of right-wing activists who had infiltrated the former West Bank settlement of Homesh clashed with police, which left at least four protestors and two policemen injured, according to police sources.

Israeli rightists clash with police in ex-settlement
Hundreds of right-wing activists who had infiltrated the former West Bank settlement of Homesh clashed with police Monday morning, which left at least four protestors and two policemen injured, according to police sources.

Israeli police forces, equipped with water hoses, have begun evacuating the settlers and right-wing activists who began building a synagogue after sneaking into the area Sunday evening, the spokeswoman of Israel Defense Forces told Xinhua.

They also erected a wooden tower on a hill north of the settlement to mark two years since Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip in the 2005 disengagement.

Homesh was one of four northern West Bank settlements that were also evacuated during the disengagement. Right-wing activists have held four previous marches to the ruins of Homesh seeking to resettle the area.

Over the past 24 hours several hundred rightists have attempted to journey to the former settlement, but security forces were prepared and had set up numerous roadblocks to cut them off before they could reach their destination.

On Sunday night police detained 11 right-wing activists suspected of vandalizing military property during a riot in a Palestinian village near Nablus. They arrived in the area on their way to Homesh.

Thousands of people had been expected to try to make their way to the former settlement, and hundreds spent the weekend at local settlements.

Xinhua

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Temmuz 2007, 15:26
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