About 200 people who were trying to prevent the demolition of the first building in the Netiv Ha’Avot outpost have been removed from the area by Israeli security forces. The Israeli Supreme Court recently ruled that 17 buildings in the illegal outpost will be demolished by March 2018.

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Some 200 people gathered in the Netiv Ha’Avot outpost this morning (Wednesday) ahead of the first building demolition. The demolition was approved by the Israeli Supreme Court about a month ago. The court also approved the demolition of 16 other buildings in the Gush Etzion outpost because they were built on land owned by Palestinians.

The building that will be demolished today was used as a carpentry shop. The other 16 buildings will be demolished at a later date. Violent clashes broke out today between the protesters, who lit tires on fire and tried to barricade themselves in the building, and the security forces. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated: “In accordance with the political echelon’s instructions, the security forces have begun the demolition of the illegal building in Netiv Ha’Avot.”

Protesters and security forces in the outpost

Protesters and security forces in the outpost Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS