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Israel Orders Evacuation of Settlement Outpost Built on Palestinian Lands

Israel Orders Evacuation of Settlement Outpost Built on Palestinian Lands

Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 10:30
A Palestinian man sits in defiance of Israeli forces during protests against the settlement outposts in Beita village. (dpa)

The Israeli army announced Wednesday a decision to evacuate an “illegal” settlement outpost built on Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank within a period of eight days.

Israelis set the Evyatar settlement outpost in Beita village, south of Nablus, and constructed buildings and facilities there.

According to the army decision, no construction materials are allowed into the town during this period.

It said it will demolish the buildings after this period if settlers don’t evacuate them voluntarily.

Settlers have constructed several houses in the outpost, in addition to building concrete houses in the past days and paving roads between them.

The local official in Beita Municipality, Moussa Hamayel, described the army’s decision as “good.”

“Protests will continue until the decision is implemented on the ground,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

“We don’t want to see more victims from the town’s citizens,” he stressed, noting that more than 30 have been injured so far.

For the fourth consecutive day, the Israeli army continued to seal the entrance to Beita village, which is home to some 16,000 Palestinians.

The village residents had succeeded throughout the years in evacuating outposts that settlers tried to build on their lands through waves of popular protests.

Two were shot dead by the army and dozens were injured during recent protests, the Palestinian Health Ministry announced.

According to Hamayel, citizens are preparing to organize a protest march against this outpost on Friday.

“No matter how great the sacrifices are, our struggle will continue until this outpost is evacuated,” he stressed.

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