Israeli police have begun evicting Jewish settlers from an illegal outpost in the West Bank. Israel's supreme court has ruled that the village of Amona must be demolished. The settlers and other protesters are resisting efforts to move them.
Residents of the Amona outpost have been given 48 hours to evacuate the area, according to media reports. The move comes as tensions increase in Israel between nationalist hardliners and the country's top court.
Amid clashes and pleading by residents, Israeli police on Wednesday began the forcible evacuation of the Amona outpost in the West Bank. Although the government has promised more settler homes, the rift is set to deepen.
Under a court order, Israeli security forces have begun to evacuate the unauthorized Amona settlement, despite resistance from residents. Hours earlier, the government unveiled plans for 3,000 new settlement homes.
Israel has started construction of its first new settlement in the West Bank in nearly two decades. Palestinians accused Israel of undermining US efforts to restart peace talks.
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