Wednesday 23 August 2017

Israel demolishes buildings at evacuated West Bank outpost

Israel is moving ahead with a contentious law that would legalise dozens of settlement outposts in the West Bank (AP)
Israel is moving ahead with a contentious law that would legalise dozens of settlement outposts in the West Bank (AP)

Israel has started demolishing buildings at a West Bank settlement outpost evacuated last week amid clashes between settlers and security forces.

Government spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said officers are securing Amona to "prevent incidents".

Israel's supreme court ruled in 2014 that Amona was built on private Palestinian land and must be dismantled.

However, settlers resisted the evacuation and clashed with police enforcing the law.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu later announced that a new settlement would be established - the first in two decades - to make up for Amona.

Most of the international community views such settlements as illegal and a hindrance to a two-state solution to the conflict.

However, Donald Trump's US administration is perceived as sympathetic to settlements, an issue which caused friction between Mr Netanyahu and former American leader Barack Obama.

Press Association

Editors Choice

Also in World News