Pullout opponents obstruct IDF work in West Bank settlement
IDF troops were carrying out pre-pullout construction work at entrance to settlement of Homesh.
Dozens of settlers on Wednesday obstructed Israel Defense Forces soldiers at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Homesh as they carried out construction work ahead of the disengagement.
The troops were widening the road in order to allow trucks and heavy vehicles to enter the settlement during its evacuation. Homesh is one of four northern West Bank settlements set to be evacuated next month, along with all 21 settlements in Gaza.
Shortly after the settlers confronted the soldiers, the army declared the site a closed military zone and blocked the road leading to the area. At the same time, the IDF halted the work.
After the settlers left the injunction was lifted but the construction work did not resume. It was not yet decided when it will begin again.
Last week, the IDF declared the entire Gaza Strip a closed military zone after a group of extremists who had taken over an Arab house in Muasi, near the Gush Katif settlement bloc, engaged in violent clashes with local Palestinians and Israeli security forces.