Israeli Security Forces Demolish Illegal Buildings in West Bank Outpost

Area around Mitzpeh Yitzhar declared closed military zone, and two buildings dismantled, according to reports; demolition comes two days after attack on IDF base in West Bank.

The Israel Defense Forces and Border Police dismantled two illegal buildings in the West Bank outpost of Mitzpeh Yitzhar early on Thursday morning.

The area around the outpost was declared a closed military zone, in order to prevent anyone from obstructing the demolition.

demolition homes in Migron - Emil Salman - September 5 2011
Emil Salman

Army Radio reported security forces did not meet with any violent opposition, and that no major clashes resulted from the demolition of the buildings, one of which was a residential structure.

There were also reports that the settlers claimed that security forces threatened to use tear gas if they tried to stop the demolition.

National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari, who visited the site on Thursday morning, said in response to the demolition that “Netanyahu and Barak are determined to fan the flames.”

Some 50 settlers and right-wing activists entered a key West Bank military base early Tuesday morning and threw rocks, burned tires, and vandalized military vehicles.

The settlers were acting in response to a rumor that the IDF would act to evict a West Bank settlement in accordance with an August Supreme Court ruling.

In a further incident, arsonists set fire to a deserted mosque in central Jerusalem during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. There was no structural damage reported and the damage mainly consisted of the blackening of walls and graffiti reading “Price Tag,” and anti-Islamic phrases.

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