Right-wing Activists Arrested After Scuffle With Police Near West Bank Outpost

A number of protesters hit and threw rocks at police officers who were demolishing a shack built without a permit in the outpost of Havat Maon

Israeli security forces arrive to demolish a temporary structure near the illegal outpost of Havat Maon in the West Bank, January 31, 2018.
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Five right-wing activists were arrested near the illegal outpost of Havat Maon in the southern West Bank on Wednesday on suspicion that they assaulted police officers. Some of those arrested are said to be minors.

The five were arrested when security forces evacuated a temporary structure built without a permit in the outpost.

The Border Police said that after security forces arrived, around 20 right-wing demonstrators gathered at the entrance to the shack to protest its demolition.

During the evacuation, a number of the protesters attacked police officers, hitting or pushing them as well as throwing rocks. No injuries were reported as a result of the assault.

The five people arrested were taken to a police station, while another person was detained at the site of the incident but later released.

The Border Police said some of the protestors demonstrated outside the structure while others tried to dig in inside to prevent the demolition.

The nonprofit organization Honenu, which provides legal aid to Jewish soldiers and civilians in the West Bank, said the policemen used excessive force during the arrests. Those arrested have yet to meet with their lawyers. Settlers in the area reported that one of those arrested was injured in the face and others were beaten and bruised.