World Bulletin/News Desk
Clashes erupted Wednesday between Israeli forces and Jewish settlers as authorities began razing homes in the West Bank settlement outpost of Ma'aleh Rehavam near Bethlehem, which an Israeli court recently labeled illegal.
Four Jewish settlers were detained pending investigation after they burned car tires at the entrance of Ma'aleh Rehavam, Israeli Radio reported.
Israel's Supreme Court recently issued a decision to demolish 28 homes in several West Bank outposts.
According to Israel'sYedioth Ahronot newswebsite, the operation is the army's largest settlement evacuation in recent years, and comes in line with the high court's ruling that the outposts were erected illegally on Palestinian land.
Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon had contacted settler groups in an attempt to convince them to voluntarily vacate the housing units, but to no avail, Israeli media reported.
Based on the court's decision, the Israeli authorities are scheduled to demolish the 28 housing units by the end of this week.
More than 500,000 Israeli settlers currently live in a number of Jewish-only settlements built in the West Bank and Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem), which were occupied by Israeli in the 1967 Middle East War.
International law considers the West Bank an "occupied territory" and views all Israeli settlement construction there as illegal.Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Mayıs 2014, 10:17