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Ultra-Orthodox illegal settlement outpost evacuated and razed

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A wildcat settlement that its founders described as the first illegal outpost to be established by members of the ultra-Orthodox community was evacuated and destroyed in the early hours of Wednesday morning be Israeli security forces.

The outpost, in the southern West Bank, was built overnight Sunday and its establishment was announced by the residents on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning all 15 structures erected at the site had been removed by border police and personnel from the Civil Administration.

According to settler activists from the outpost, which had been named Derech Emunah, security forces arrived at 5 a.m. to conduct the evacuation.

Footage on social media showed border police forcibly removing at least one resident of the outpost, although it appears the vast majority complied with orders to leave the site.

“We have fired the first shot in the establishment of this settlement; everything good is still ahead of us,” the outpost activists said in a statement on Twitter following the operation.

Fifteen families had taken up residence in the outpost, which was located close to the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Metzad in the Gush Etzion........

© The Times of Israel

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