Israel dismantles illegal West Bank outpost: report 2009-07-29 16:45:01   Print

    JERUSALEM, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Israeli security forces have dismantled an illegal outpost in the West Bank, local daily Ha'aretz reported Wednesday on its website.

    The dismantlement of the outpost of Mitzpe Avihai, not far from the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is near the West Bank city of Hebron, took place late Tuesday night, said the report.

    Mitzpe Avihai had consisted for several months of just one tin shack inhabited by several single males, but it was expanded Tuesday to include another tin shack on an adjacent hilltop to accommodate two families, said Ha'aretz, adding that two hundred people attended a Tuesday ceremony to mark the move.

    Following the dismantlement by security forces, which came after the far-right Youth for Israel Movement established 11 new outposts in the West Bank on Sunday and Monday, the Jewish settlers are expected to rebuild the outpost Wednesday, said the report.

    Israel has repeatedly promised the United States to dismantle the outposts as a confidence-building move for the unwieldy peace process with the Palestinians. However, settlement and outpost evacuation is a sensitive issue among the Israeli public, and such moves often meet with violent resistance.

    Amid fears of violent Jewish settlers resistance, an Israeli defense official said last week that the evacuation of the 26 illegal outposts in the West Bank would likely take place after the school year begins in September.

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