Israeli troops destroy West Bank settler outposts
Israel said it dismantled four Jewish wildcat settlements in the West Bank, a day after it vowed to stop funding such illegal outposts because of an escalation of settler attacks on its security forces.world Updated: Nov 04, 2008 10:01 IST
Israel said it dismantled four Jewish wildcat settlements in the West Bank on Tuesday, a day after it vowed to stop funding such illegal outposts because of an escalation of settler attacks on its security forces.
"Together with the police, we have destroyed four illegal outposts," a military spokesman said.
The structures, which Israel considers illegal, were located outside the Migron settlement in the Ramallah area of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
There were no immediate reports of violence following the destruction of the outposts.
Settlers have clashed with security forces on several occasions since Israeli authorities dismantled a Jewish settlement outpost near Hebron, in the southern West Bank.
Several ministers had harsh words for the hardline settlers at a cabinet meeting yesterday, where Vice Premier Haim Ramon pointed out that 700 Palestinians are being held without trial for "lesser" crimes.
"Why not do this against the settlers?" he said. "There is discrimination, apartheid, in dealing with Palestinians and Jews involved in disturbances."
About 100 wildcat outposts dot the West Bank, some consisting of just a few trailers and others of several mobile homes connected to the power grid. They are usually built as extensions to officially established settlements and are considered illegal by Israel.
More than 260,000 Israelis live in government-authorised settlements across the West Bank, with another 200,000 in mostly Arab east Jerusalem, which Israel seized and annexed in the 1967 Six-Day War.
The international community considers all West Bank settlements to be illegal.