Israel Border Police forces begin home evacuations in Ofra

Israeli security forces entered the West Bank settlement of Ofra this morning ahead of the evacuation and demolition of nine illegally built buildings. One Ofra resident whose home is among those that will be evacuated today said that she is disappointed with the Israeli government.

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Israel Border Police officers entered Ofra this morning (Tuesday) ahead of the evacuation of nine buildings that were illegally built in the settlement. Israeli security forces also set up roadblocks around the settlement. The evacuation began shortly after 9:00 AM.

Dozens of young Ofra residents climbed onto the roof of one of the homes in the settlement and are refusing to leave. Eight families have been evacuated so far. A 17-year-old boy was arrested for attacking police officers.

Ofra, today Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90

“We called on everyone to come and be with us during this difficult day,” Vradit Kfir, an Ofra resident whose home is one of the nine that will be demolished, said during an interview with Israel’s Army Radio. “We will not leave our home. The home is ours. This place is ours.”

“I personally will walk out because I can’t have someone touching me,” she added. “We are also disappointed with the political leadership and we feel as if we have been abandoned.”

Ofra, today Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90

A few weeks ago, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the illegally built buildings need to be evacuated by March 5.

Ofra, today Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS/Channel 2 News

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