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Israel: Settlers agree to leave West Bank enclave

Settler's to leave Ulpana outpost in the West Bank weeks after Israel's Supreme Court deemed it unauthorized

AP , Thursday 21 Jun 2012
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Israel's government says 30 Jewish families have consented to leave an unauthorized West Bank settler outpost, suggesting their court-ordered evacuation can proceed peacefully.

The Israeli Supreme Court gave the government until July 1 to dismantle the Ulpana enclave, which was built on privately held Palestinian land. Israel considers such construction illegal, while authorizing construction elsewhere on West Bank lands the Palestinians claim for a future state.

The five apartment buildings where the settlers live are to be uprooted and moved to a site nearby.

The government said in a statement Wednesday that it would ask the court for three months to move the buildings.

The government has also vowed to build 300 more homes in a nearby settlement.

Settler representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

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