Hebron: 15 settler families invade disputed building near Cave of the Patriarchs

The building has been the center of a 2012 dispute between the settlers and the Israeli government, which resulted in their eviction from the building after they could not prove owning it.
Photo credit: Tzipi Schlissel, TPS/Channel 2 News

A group of Israeli settlers have illegally entered a disputed building near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

In 2012, 15 settler families were evicted from the building after it could not be proven that they had obtained the necessary permits to show ownership. Though some progress has been made over the last few months, the settlers have not received the approval from the government to enter the building.

Left-wing group Peace Now urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order the settlers' immediate eviction from the building.

"After failing to prove ownership time after time, the settlers decided to disregard the law and invaded the place, for the purpose of setting up an illegal settlement which will fan the flames in the region," the group said.

The IDF is not expected to act until a decision is made by Netanyahu or Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

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