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Defiant Settlers Resist Eviction From West Bank Outpost
Protesters scuffled with police carrying out a court order to evict settlers from an outpost in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Jewish settlers light tires on fire as Israeli security forces prepared to evict the hardline occupants of the unauthorized Amona settlement, northeast of Ramallah in the West Bank on Feb. 1, 2017.
Amona is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts erected in the West Bank without permission but generally tolerated by the Israeli government. Israel's Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that Amona was built on private Palestinian land and must be demolished. It set Feb. 8 as the final date for it to be destroyed.
Jewish settlers barricade themselves inside a building as security forces prepare to evict them.
About 50 families, some 250 people, live in Amona now. In recent weeks dozens of mostly young supporters, including high school students, have arrived to face off against Israeli forces.
Israeli settlers and their supporters block the road during the evacuation of the settlement.
In 2006, Israeli police demolished nine homes at Amona, setting off violent clashes pitting settlers and their supporters against police and soldiers and turning the outpost into a symbol of settler defiance.
A settler jumps into a trailer at the outpost.
While readying to evacuate Amona, Israel announced plans to build 3,000 homes in the West Bank late Tuesday. The Palestinians claim the territory, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, as parts of a future independent state — a position that has wide international backing. Much of the territory, which was seized in the 1967 war, has deep religious and historical significance for both Jews and Muslims.