Havat Gilad - Noam Breur - February 2012
The remains of a burned structure in the Havat Gilad outpost. Photo by Noam Breur
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Palestinians burned a house in the West Bank settlement outpost of Havat Gilad on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said that they saw figures arriving from the nearby village of Far’ata. They arrived at a non-permanent structure at the edge of the outpost, lit it on fire, and fled. A dog that was tied to the structure was burned to death.

Residents of the outpost began chasing the arsonists who had attempted to flee toward the direction of the village. Large military forces arrived in the area, pursued the perpetrators, and arrested three Palestinians. The suspects were transferred to a local police station to undergo investigation.

In the wake of the arson, confrontations broke out between residents of the outpost and residents of Far’ata.

The outpost’s attorney, Yehuda Shimon, told Haaretz said that the act was “part of the Palestinians’ escalation against Havat Gilad. Despite the altercations, the residents will continue to build. When the time comes, they will give our response.”

The incident took place one day after the settlers of the Migron outpost rejected a government plan to relocate.

The sides were reportedly close to an agreement after the government allegedly proposed moving the outpost to a nearby plot owned by the state, with officials indicating that it would mull whether or not is was possible to keep the outposts' original houses standing.

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