JERUSALEM – Israeli police units have begun evicting Jewish settlers from 15 homes illegally built in the West Bank.
Police say they have started the evacuation Tuesday of the Netiv Avot unauthorized outpost in Gush Etzion. Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the eviction because the homes were built on private Palestinian land. Such court rulings are relatively common.
After the eviction, Israeli forces are expected to demolish the structures. The government says it will compensate the residents and rebuild their homes on nearby lands that are not privately owned.
Dozens of settlers protested. Police says it arrested two who confronted forces.
Israel captured the West Bank, which is predominantly Palestinian, along with east Jerusalem, from Jordan in the 1967 war. About 600,000 settlers currently live there. Most of the international community considers them to be either illegal or illegitimate.