Israel razes West Bank settlement outpost

AFP , Wednesday 29 Jun 2011

The Israeli military on Wednesday razed the West Bank settlement outpost of Ramat Migron, prompting clashes with youths that resulted in two arrests

"Israeli forces today demolished five temporary living structures and two tents erected at Ramat Migron," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. "During the operation, two young girls were arrested for throwing a tub of paint at the police from a roof," she added.

"The two young girls refused to identify themselves. They were in an area that had been declared a military zone and closed off."

Ramat Migron, a makeshift settlement outpost established without Israeli government permission, has been razed several times since 2009.

The outpost is a few hundred metres (yards) from the settlement of Migron, which is currently the subject of a legal battle over several buildings that were constructed on private Palestinian land. Defence Minister Ehud Barak has ordered their destruction.

The Israeli government differentiates between settlements built with government permission and so-called outposts established in defiance of Israeli directives.
It has also been seeking to differentiate between outposts built on private Palestinian land and others built on public land.

But Palestinians and much of the international community argue that all Israeli construction in the occupied West Bank is in violation of international law.

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